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Workshop: Maawandoonan: Integrating philosophies of care in the development of culturally relevant education (MISTY'S ROOM)

Holly Prince

Background/Aims: There is a need for accessible, culturally relevant palliative care education for Indigenous communities that is reflective of the physical, cultural and social care needs of communities; however, there is very little knowledge to specifically inform palliative care curriculum development for Indigenous people. This interactive workshop will present two curricula and a resource manual grounded in the concept of "two-eyed seeing" and in the Indigenous wellness framework to address this gap in knowledge. Interactivity: The workshop will begin by immersing participants in the educational training by engaging in a traditional opening of the workshop, including a ceremony to ground participant’s experiences and stories. A brief lecture will present the overall goals of the palliative care training initiative followed by highlights of experiential activities located within the curriculum. Narratives from a workshop facilitator will also be presented that describe experiences in delivering the curriculum. A group discussion will follow to highlight the applicability of the training delivery in supporting palliative care capacity development in Indigenous communities. Learning outcomes: Participants will understand how palliative care training can support the development of palliative care capacity in First Nations communities. They will learn about the process undertaken by the education team to develop culturally relevant palliative care training, emphasizing the importance of local Elders and/or Knowledge Carriers and grounding the training in community’s experiences, culture, values and beliefs. Lastly, they will be introduced to a new culturally relevant resource manual called Preparing for the Journey: Care for First Nations Community Members who are Seriously Ill designed to provide practical tools and resources for care at the bedside. Conclusions: This workshop discusses the significant contribution that “two-eyed seeing” can have on the end-of-life care of Indigenous people by intersecting both Indigenous knowledge and Westernized palliative care philosophy. The workshop seeks to engage palliative care educators in a dialogue with Indigenous communities in the creation of culturally relevant curricula to support capacity for care at end-of-life.

Earlier Event: October 13
Concurrent Session (Bligh/Phillip Room)
Later Event: October 13
Concurrent Session (Norman Lindsay)