The Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) Learning Series is a monthly webinar series focused on Indigenous cultural safety.
It provides an interactive, online forum for discussion and debate on issues related to Indigenous cultural safety, and supports professionals in advocating for, developing and implementing culturally safe policy and practice in their organizations.
At each session, guest speakers present topics related to Indigenous cultural safety. Each 90-minute webinar is hosted online using the WebEx platform. Participants are encouraged to submit questions; the facilitator will select a few to ask the speakers.
‘Deconstructing’ Racism: Strategies for Individual and Organizational Change
Thursday, February 23, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 12 noon PST/1:30 – 3 p.m. EST
- Dave Sjoberg is an Anglo-Celtic Australian with a commitment to social justice and educating non-Aboriginal people about whiteness and a ‘shared history’. He lectures in Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. While living and working at Camp Coorong Race Relations and Cultural Education Centre, on the Kurangk in Ngarrindjeri Ruwe, he was taught by Ngarrindjeri Elders in his role as a race relations educator. Community based lived experience has helped him develop a strong human rights/Indigenous rights based approach to curriculum development and teaching. His work incorporates enhancing student’s critical thinking and writing in order to decolonize their health care practice. David will describe a joint Deconstruction Exercise developed under the guidance of Elders and integrated into teaching modalities.
- Professor Dennis McDermott is the director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and Well-Being, Adelaide, at Flinders University. Dennis is a psychologist, academic and poet. A Koori man, his mother’s family is from Gadigal land (inner Sydney) with connections to Gamilaroi country (north-west NSW). Dennis’s teaching and research interests encompass early childhood, social determinants of Indigenous health, racism, incarceration, policy, equity, Indigenous social, spiritual and emotional well-being, workforce development, Indigenous health pedagogy, and the nexus of culture and context in service delivery. In 2014 he was awarded a National Senior Teaching Fellowship by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching. Dennis will discuss mechanisms for organizational change in service of enhancing culturally-safe care.
Upcoming dates (topics/speakers to be announced)
- Thursday, April 27, 2017
- Thursday, April 27, 2017
Video recordings of previous webinars can be viewed at
There is no charge to attend the webinars.
You are encouraged to participate in the webinar with other individuals and groups in your region to inspire shared learning in the context of your program area and community. If you are planning to attend as a member of a group, please register individually and use one group member’s access code to connect to the webinar.
Anyone who’s interested in expanding their knowledge of cultural safety and building positive relationships with Indigenous people.
This includes: health and social service providers, educators, students, and other professionals who work with Indigenous people, families or communities.