May 9, 2022 — Today is Indigenous Nurses Day and we are pleased to recognize and celebrate the exceptional work and achievements of Canadian Indigenous nurses and our colleagues at the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) to advance Indigenous health, support the nursing profession, and advocate on behalf of Indigenous Peoples.
“Indigenous nurses are an essential part of Canada’s health-care system. They bring a unique perspective of health-care issues, concerns, needs and cultural safety to the care of people in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities,” said Sylvain Brousseau, president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). “Indeed, these nurses are sometimes the only point-of-care person, representing the entire health system in many communities. Their knowledge and leadership to the profession and people in their communities are commendable.”
CNA supports the Indigenous community and has worked for several years to find ways to meaningfully respond to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In November 2021, CNA held the First National Summit on Racism in Nursing and Health Care; a followup event is scheduled for later this year. We continue to strive to achieve the action items laid out in our Nursing Declaration Against Anti-Indigenous Racism in Nursing and Health Care. Our Indigenous Leaders Series, meanwhile, aimed to dismantle damaging structures, share lessons and advice, and think through tough questions such as how to respond to the historical roles of nurses in residential schools, hospitals, and social systems.
About the Canadian Nurses Association
CNA is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing. We represent registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed and registered practical nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, retired nurses, and nursing students across all 13 provinces and territories.
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