Rural Education: San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (ICS)

Bursaries  are available for San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (ICS)

The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) provides funding to facilitate ICS training for rural BC physicians, residents and medical students. This training is a unique and facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of health care professionals who work directly or indirectly with Aboriginal people.  Bursaries of $500 are available for specialists, general practitioners, and UBC residents (including family practice in rural training program participants, IMGs, psychiatry) and UBC medical students, who work or train in a rural community as outlined in the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA).

The online Core Health program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physicians of Canada. This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 16 Mainpro + credits.  The Core Health program is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program eligible for up to 8.0 Section 3 Credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. This program has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.

This course is approximately 8 hours long and should be completed within 8 weeks.

Eligible participants who successfully complete the course may claim $500 from the bursary program.

How to apply for funding:

  1. Are you a GP, specialist, resident or medical student  that works or trains in an RSA community? Confirm that you are eligible for funding by contacting the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) office at or by phone at 604-827-1504.
  2. Complete the ICS Core Health course.
  3. Download and complete the ICS application form now.
  4. Submit bursary application claim form via or fax 604-822-6950.

For more information, visit RCCbc