A cultural safety lens

Cultural safety lens (Mark Lock, 2021, CC By 4.0)

It’s often difficult to “see” cultural safety because it’s a philosophy of intangible concepts: power, identity, culture, and reflexivity.

In this drawing, which is my eye rendered in pencil using MS PowerPoint’s artistic effects, I want to convey a sense of how cultural safety is lens to view the world.

I used the Bin-Sallik/Williams hybrid definition: “an environment that is spiritually, socially and emotionally safe, as well as physically safe for people; where there is no assault, challenge or denial of their identity, of who they are and what they need. It is about shared respect, shared meaning, shared knowledge and experience of learning together…with dignity, and truly listening”

The eye has the keywords from the definition, and those words have deep meanings that influence how I see the world, such as all the journal articles that I read about cultural safety.

That’s how I think of cultural safety, but when I yarn about it to other people who want a short-hand understanding, I don’t quote the definition above, but say (attribute to Mark Lock, 2021):”Cultural safety means seeing something of yourself positively regarded in society”

Feel free to use this image and its explanation, you have my permission under CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode)

See this post in the Cultural Safety & Security group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/culturalsafety/posts/1048586189225447

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