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Social Locations – Culture

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Culture is about ways of knowing. It encompasses broad ideas of similarity and difference and it is reflected in multiple social identities and ways of being in the world. Culture has been described as patterns of ideas, customs and behaviours shared by groups of people – but goes much deeper than typical understandings of ethnicity, race and/or faith [1]. Everyone is influenced by their respective cultures and many systems have been shaped by beliefs of dominant cultures [2]. Cultural responsiveness – careful acknowledgement, respect and an understanding of difference and its complexities – is part of achieving equitable outcomes and supporting child and family wellbeing [3].


  1. Ministry of Education. Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Towards Equity and Inclusivity in Ontario Schools. Capacity Building Series, #35, Nov. 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  2. Paediatric Society. How Culture Influences Health. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from
  3. The Hospital for Sick Children. Health Equity and Cultural Competence. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from