The journey of cultural responsiveness requires ongoing critical reflection to develop awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and understanding of the diverse histories and cultures of diversified people. Cultural responsiveness is central to the inclusion, safety, and overall health and well-being of Aboriginal people. Cultural responsiveness is a term that has origins in Canada and North America and builds on an earlier body of work describing cultural competency. The focus on responsivity indicates the commitment to ongoing learning, reflection, and continuous development. Cultural responsiveness describes the outcome when knowledge and understanding, action and values, attitudes, and behavior come together. It is action-orientated and is a strengths-based approach.
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