Developing Relationships on a Shared Path to Reconciliation

May 23, 2023

FPWC is part of the transformative journey towards Indigenous wellness. Our own Dr. Ed Connors, Dr. William Mussell, and Despina Papadopoulos showcase how FPWC, with a two-eyed seeing approach and a focus on life promotion, is cultivating culturally safe spaces for dialogue and collaboration.

This article describes the experience of a pan-Canadian health organization that led a quality improvement collaborative focused on suicide prevention and life promotion with Indigenous communities in northern and remote regions of Canada. Working in partnership with a Guidance Group, it became clear that working in a relational way that is culturally safe and acknowledges “two-eyed seeing” helps to create an ethical space in which open dialogue and collaboration can occur. Relational work enabled the improvement teams in the Promoting Life Together Collaborative to co-develop life promotion activities within their communities. The primacy of building relationships is at the core of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and is a key enabler of system transformation required to support the health and wellness of Indigenous communities across Canada.

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Developing Relationships on a Shared Path to Reconciliation: The Core of Health Transformation and Safe Care for Indigenous People