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Nursing groups mark National Day of Reconciliation with launch of cultural competency framework – News Release

June 11, 2009  - The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.), together with its partners, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), will mark June 11, the National Day of Reconciliation, with the launch of Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: A Framework for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nursing [PDF, 591.9 KB].

Rosella Kinoshameg, president of A.N.A.C., said the framework “will provide the guiding principles greatly needed in the education and safe learning environment of nursing students and their preparation to provide culturally safe care.”

“The new frameworksets positive standards that affirm the resiliency of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and will enhance health care and treatment for Aboriginal people in the Canadian health-care system,” said Kaaren Neufeld, president of the Canadian Nurses Association.

“CASN is committed to the framework. It is a vital first step to integrating cultural competency into BScN programs from coast to coast,” said Lynnette Stamler, CASN president. “We are excited to be part of the ‘Making it Happen’ team.”

The framework is the result of a project – funded by the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative,First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada – called Making it Happen: Strengthening Aboriginal Health Human Resources. The joint venture addressing cultural proficiency is now in its second phase, integrating cultural safety competencies into the curriculum of select Canadian schools of nursing.

Background The National Day of Reconciliation focuses on confronting past attempts at cultural assimilation and the ongoing inequities facing Aboriginal people. For more information, visit the Assembly of First Nations’ website at www.afn.ca.

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For more information, please call  Maria Jacko, Project Coordinator, A.N.A.C., at 613-724-4677, ext. 24, or send an e-mail to mjacko@anac.on.ca.