Two-Eyed Seeing: Considerations in the Health-care Setting

Speakers: Kendra Deveau and Simon Ross, Alberta Health Services Indigenous Health Program

Description: Two-eyed seeing principle is the concept which embraces the contributions of both Indigenous knowledge and “ways of knowing” and Western (world views) to bring equity to Indigenous populations accessing the healthcare system. Two-eyed seeing is the Guiding Principle by Mi’kmaw Elder Albert Marshall. In this presentation, the speakers review the principle and examine how the principle can create “ethical space” to examine how to enhance the healthcare system by building on the strengths of both world views. In addition, the speakers provide an example how this has informed practice and planning for the Calgary zone in Alberta Health Services.

*Recording form the AbSPORU Virtual Institute 202

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