Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 24(3) October 2021 : 23-26.doi:10.12927/hcq.2021.26623
Leading With Courage and Values

Commentary: Laying the Groundwork to Meaningfully Engage Indigenous Leadership

Harmony Johnson, sɛƛakəs


To advance equity, diversity, inclusion and reconciliation, healthcare organizations are increasingly recruiting Indigenous leaders. While it is crucial to involve Indigenous Peoples in solving the problems they experience, serving in these roles presents dilemmas and often harm to the Indigenous incumbents. Non-Indigenous healthcare organizations are encouraged to lay the groundwork for right relations with Indigenous Peoples and sustainable workplaces for Indigenous leadership through understanding and accepting accountability for the problem, getting comfortable with discomfort and being truly prepared for systemic change.



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