Oct 29

Systemic racism, cultural safety and the cultural encounter

Meeting Resources


  • Akintunde, O. (1999). White racism, white supremacy, white privilege, & the social construction of race: Moving from modernist to postmodernist multiculturalism. Multicultural Education7(2), 2.
  • Brown, L. A., & Strega, S. (Eds.). (2015). Research as resistance: Critical, indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches. Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Cloos, P. (2011). Racialization, between power and knowledge: a postcolonial reading of public health as a discursive practice. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry1(2).
  • Cloos, P. (2015). The racialization of US public health: a paradox of the modern state. Cultural Studies? Critical Methodologies15(5), 379-386.
  • Hunter, M. (2002). Rethinking epistemology, methodology, and racism: or, is White sociology really dead?. Race and Society5(2), 119-138.
  • Johnson-Lafleur, J., Papazian-Zohrabian, G., & Rousseau, C. (2019). Learning from partnership tensions in transcultural interdisciplinary case discussion seminars: A qualitative study of collaborative youth mental health care informed by game theory. Social Science & Medicine, 237, 112443.
  • Kleinman, A. (1987). Anthropology and psychiatry: The role of culture in cross-cultural research on illness. The British Journal of Psychiatry151(4), 447-454
  • Pumariega, A. J., Rothe, E. M., & Rogers, K. H. (2009). Depression in immigrant and minority children and youth. Treating child and adolescent depression, 321-331.
  • Quijano, A. (2007). Coloniality and modernity/rationality. Cultural studies21(2-3), 168-178.
  • Reid, P., Cormack, D., & Paine, S. J. (2019). Colonial histories, racism and health—The experience of Māori and Indigenous peoples. Public health172, 119-124.
  • World Health Organization – WHO (2004). Promoting mental health: concepts, emerging evidence, practice (Summary Report). Geneva: World Health Organization, 2004.

To Go Further

Decolonizing History – Thousands of Sled Dogs Killed (Décoloniser l’histoire – des chiens de traîneaux abattus par millier)

Between 1957 and 1975, thousands of sled dogs were slaughtered in Nunangat, northern Canada. For the Inuit, these animals must live freely in the community. The zeal of the authorities had a tragic impact on their way of life.

Watch the episode

Image and description: Télé-Québec | Décoloniser l’histoire
Available in French

Residential Schools: Inuit Experiences

Warning: Sharing of sensitive testimonies

This podcast episode brings together different testimonies from experts and Inuit survivors of residential schools in the North.

Video/Podcast: Historica Canada
Available in English and French

The Deportation of Inuit people | Untold Stories of Canada (La déportation des Inuits | Histoires méconnues du Canada)

In the 1950s, the Canadian government relocated some twenty Inuit families to the High Arctic in order to establish its sovereignty.

Video: Radio-Canada Info
Available in French


40 years ago Inuit from Northern Quebec took on the government and Hydro Quebec and eventually settled the first modern day land claims in Canada.

Video and description: TONIC DNA
Available in English

Creating Cultural Safety | Wabano Health Centre

Three Elders and traditional knowledge keepers from the Mohawk, Cree and Inuit communities share their perspectives on creating cultural safety for Indigenous people.

Video: WabanoHealthCentre
Available in English

Aboriginal Cultural Safety: How to be an Ally

Video: Interior Health | Interior  Health Journey to Aboriginal Cultural Safety Program – 2019
Available in English

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