Abstract: Representations of Indigenous health have large information gaps; organizations struggle with data sovereignty and equitable representation of Indigenous People while they search for meaningful information to create a system of care that is ethical. Working with several researchers across Canada we are identifying core elements to include in cultural safety evaluation. Cultural safety has been identified as a critically informed action to shift health services to be more inclusive of Indigenous People where they normally experience systemic and interpersonal racism This research looks to identify where systemic racism persists within health services, the individual health effects of racism, and the efforts that have demonstratively reduced the effect and incidence of racist experiences. This research looks to combine methods of investigation to create a technique of triangulation to provide the contextual information that is critical in Indigenous health representation.
Dr. Peter Hutchinson
Bio: Peter Hutchinson (PhD, MA, BHK. (UBC) Indigenous Public and Population health consultant), is Nehiyaw/Metis and an Indigenous public and population health worker, researcher and educator. Mr. Hutchinson has worked with Indigenous populations from around the globe in an effort to ensure Indigenous knowledge informs Indigenous public and population health services, programs, research and education. Most recently Peter has worked to increase Indigenous knowledge within the Canadian cancer care system; he has also worked with Indigenous people on topics inclusive of chronic disease surveillance, HIV/AIDS, tobacco use and cultural activities as health promoting activities amongst other areas. Mr. Hutchinson has also worked as a researcher and university instructor focusing his time on Indigenous methods of investigation, cultural safety, and realizing Indigenous culture and knowledge within health systems.
Mr. Hutchinson lives on the Okanagan plateau near the mountains of the Kootenay Boundary, on the boundaries of the Ktunaxa and the Sylix people, he is grateful to his Indigenous relatives, teachers and hosts who have provided him countless lessons and a wonderful place to raise his small family.
Pete has also worked with the local Indigenous communities in a supportive role as Chair of the Board for the Metis Children and Family Services and has worked with at risk Indigenous youth in the downtown east side of Vancouver.
Dr. Hutchinson’s Youtube video on Indigenous Health Services Research can be viewed below: