Riting" cultural safety within the postcolonial and postnational feminist project: toward new epistemologies of healing

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2003 Jul-Sep;26(3):196-214. doi: 10.1097/00012272-200307000-00005.


The concept of cultural safety, developed by indigenous nurses in the postcolonial climate of New Zealand, has not been widely examined in North America. In this article we explicate the theoretical and methodological issues that came to the forefront in our attempts to use this concept in our research with different populations in Canada. We argue that this concept prompts us to "think critically" about ourselves and our patients, and to be mindful of our own sociocultural, economic, and historical location. This critical reflection has implications for how we live, relate to one another, and practice in our various professional disciplines. On the basis of our findings, we discuss how the concept might be rewritten within a critical postcolonial and postnational feminist discourse.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Colonialism
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Ethnicity*
  • Female
  • Feminism*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Research
  • Safety*