Multicultural Engagement

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Taking a Culturally Humble Approach to the Bereavement Journey

As our world becomes smaller and our communities more diverse, Lighthouse is engaging in multicultural outreach and engagement with the intention of learning how the diverse communities of the Greater Toronto Area navigate the journey of a death when it involves children and/or youth.

Listen To The Lighthouse Beacon Podcast

The Lighthouse Beacon Podcast is an engaging and informative talk program presented in a series of episodes on topics pertaining to children’s grief support. Individuals from across the sector of social services, share their insights and experiences with respect to the accessibility, models of support, diversity, and research within children’s grief support. Available on iTunes, Google, iHeart, and Spotify.

Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is a process of self-reflection to understand personal and systemic biases and to develop and maintain respectful processes and relationships based on mutual trust. Cultural humility involves humbly acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.*”

– *The First Nations Health Authority of BC ‘Creating a Climate for Change

What Is Cultural Safety and Humility?

Cultural safety is an outcome based on respectful engagement that recognizes and strives to address power imbalances inherent in the health care system. It results in an environment free of racism and discrimination, where people feel safe when receiving health care.

–  The First Nations Health Authority of BC

Internal Multicultural Audit

Lighthouse for Grieving Children conducted an internal Multicultural Audit with a focus on its organizational structure, culture, operational procedure, and appearance. By engaging in this audit, Lighthouse demonstrated a core foundational principle of Cultural Humility. Through the audit, Lighthouse was able to recognize and bring imbalances in check and commit to the ongoing intention of learning through self-critique, self-analysis, and awareness. 

We have since added a full time, permanent Community Engagement and Outreach Manager position at Lighthouse, to further the work we have done and to continue to engage our multicultural communities in a process of community consultation and collaboration so that we may serve them better. Lighthouse is also forming a Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Committee that will infuse principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity across all areas and at all levels of the organization.

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