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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