A key highlight of 2022 was the completion of Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj (wah-bish-kih biish-ih-goo skaa-nch), a training platform that aims to enhance users’ knowledge and awareness of racial biases, Indigenous voices and stories, the impact of colonization on Indigenous health, and culturally safe health research practices.
Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj is an exemplary tool for helping non-Indigenous people learn about cultural competency within the Can-SOLVE CKD Network and beyond. Markers within the pathway provide learners with a general overview of the rich histories, cultures and ways of knowing, being and doing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The markers also provide learners with important guidance on how to engage respectfully and equitably with Indigenous communities.
Three components recently added to the learning pathway include: Supporting Each Other’s Journey Land Acknowledgment Learning Series, Knowledge Keepers in Research, and a Cultural Competency Knowledge Bundle. These components are rooted in the core values of Respect, Reciprocity, Relevance, Relationships, and Reflection.
Moving forward, the Learning Pathway will be supported by the newly created position of Cultural Competency Manager with Craig Settee in the role.