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May 11, 2021
On Indigenous Nurses Day, Indigenous nurses are recognized for “answering the call to justice” in their leadership transforming and navigating colonial healthcare systems.
Indigenous Nurses Day in B.C. falls on May 10, and organizers say it specifically acknowledges the contributions of Indigenous nurses who have fought for justice and cultural safety in the healthcare system. “To all those who continue to work so close with the people, our hands are held high in your honour this week and every other day of the year,” says Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, an Indigenous research chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Bourque-Bearskin, a Nehiyaw iskwêw (Cree woman) from Beaver Lake Cree Nation is also an associate professor with the Thompson River University’s School of Nursing. Her teaching career came after working 25 years as a registered nurse, she says.