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"I'm a white settler": Why that matters in healthcare - Friday December 16, 2016

Dr. Marica Anderson DeCoteau is one of the people working to bring course to that province.

Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau is bringing the San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training to Manitoba. She spoke to White Coat, Black Art from the Winnipeg studio, with her daughter Myla.

She was a guest on White Coat, Black Art when we broadcast a program called First Nations, Second Class Care.

At that time, she spoke about her experiences as an Indigenous physician and the racism her own father experienced in the healthcare system.

Anderson DeCoteau is hopeful this training will help her healthcare colleagues confront racism when they see it. 

"In the  WRHA (Winnipeg Regional Health Authority), it is considered more acceptable to say something racist than to challenge someone on saying something racist," she says. 

"I did a talk about a year ago for a family physician education day in Manitoba...And on the evaluation one of my physician colleagues had written something like 'Well, clearly residential schools worked, because you're educated now.'" 

She had no recourse to confront him. 

"There's no way to respond to the person or enter into a dialogue. The real advantage of the online facilitated course is there's an opportunity...to openly discuss biases they have." 

She says while the healthcare system has far to go, she's had some difficult, but rewarding conversations with co-workers in recent months about their own biases. 

"These types of conversations wouldn't even even be happening five years ago. It has taken generations of Indigenous people in the healthcare system to get to the point where we can have them now."  - Dr.  Marcia Anderson DeCoteau

(To read more and listen to the original broadcast, go to CBC.ca HERE)