Respectful Relationships

respectful relationships course UNBC

*Please note that the Respectful Relationship course was designed specifically for health care professionals and was originally open only to Northern Health employees. 

As of Fall 2023, UNBC employees and UNBC students are also able to enroll. 

Please select the correct registration link below. 

The Respectful Relationships course is premised on two fundamental principles: first, we learn throughout our lives, and second, we work in colonial systems and institutions.

With this in mind, these learning modules focus on cultural safety and how it is realized in practice. Culturally safe health care environments and interactions require special skills gained from expanding our knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples, their histories and their lives.

This learning is situated in a unique social-political environment where BC Health Authorities and other BC allied professionals have signed the Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility.

By signing the Declaration, groups have committed to taking steps toward embedding cultural safety and humility within health care services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

This course contains four learning modules. Each module is between four and six lessons. The modules are intended to be completed sequentially with knowledge and skills in one lesson building upon knowledge and skills from the previous lesson.


  1. Introducing Cultural Safety
  2. Setting the Context: History and Contemporary Realities
  3. Critically Reflecting on Self and Systems
  4. Getting to Change: Addressing Cultural Safety and Anti-Indigenous Racism

This course is specifically designed for Northern Health physicians and staff, however, they can be equally informative for others from different sectors and disciplines.

Course structure

Respectful Relationships is an asynchronous online course consisting of a series of four modules each containing between four to six 45-90 minute lessons. The total time to complete all four modules is approximately 20 hours.

All modules contain text, videos, slide presentations, reflective questions, and learning activities. Participants will have access to a printable Participant Learning Journal Guide to support learning activity completion.

Please note that once you register, you will have six months to complete the course.


This curriculum was co-developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) and Indigenous Health, Northern Health and authored by Dr. Margo Greenwood and Dr. Roseann Larstone with the contribution and support of Dr. Theresa Healy, Dr. David Loewen, Teri Delaney, Shelby Petersen, and Taylor Turgeon. 

Technical expertise was provided by Spark and Co.This work was also made possible by technical and financial support provided by the University of Northern British Columbia.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand cultural safety in the context of respectful relationships
  • Gain understanding of the role of past events in contemporary realities for indigenous peoples
  • Acquire and enhance critical self-reflection in practice
  • Develop, enhance, and deepen your understanding through the practical application of the skills and knowledge gained in this learning series to case studies and scenarios
Self-paced. Start and finish on your own schedule within six months.
  • Northern Health employees
  • Enroll below by using your Northern Health credentials.
  • If you are a Northern Health employee and unable to access the course, please contact the Northern Health Service Desk at 1 888 558 4357 or
Self-paced. Start and finish on your own schedule.
  • UNBC employees
  • Enroll below using the UNBC SSO and the Discover tool.
  • If you are a UNBC employee and unable to access the course, please contact Continuing Studies Online Support at
Self-paced. Start and finish on your own schedule.
  • UNBC students
  • Enroll below using your UNBC student credentials.
  • If you are a UNBC student and unable to access the course, please contact the IT Service Desk at