Published: Apr. 13, 2016
Bernice Downey will be providing a presentation on “Nursing with/for Indigenous Populations: Making room for Spirit” on Monday, Apr. 18 at 12:00 noon in HSC 2J13. Faculty from the School of Nursing are invited to attend.**
Downey will speak about:
In this post Truth and Reconciliation era as all of Canada reflects on the TRC Commission's 'Calls to Action', nursing policymakers, educators, researchers and practitioners hold a unique expertise to both inform and'champion' the systemic change that is needed to move forward in a collective, equity and rights-based response.
Nurse educators in particular can make an important contribution.To do so, strategic consideration of how they can support, work alongside and learn from Indigenous nurse leaders and First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities is required. Engagement in authentic, collaborative partnerships with Indigenous peoples is required to educate both the educators themselves and the next generation of nursing professionals. The development of nursing curriculum that is inclusive of diverse Indigenous knowledge systems and worldview and the socio-historical context of Indigenous health and well-being in this country are important imperatives to achieve this goal.This approach holds promise for Indigenous peoples to surpass existing socio-cultural and systemic barriers to attain the positive health outcomes that is predominantly experienced by their Canadian counterparts.
Bernice Downey is a lecturer in the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University.
**Please RSVP to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know whether you will be attending this meeting, so that enough food is ordered. Also, if you have any food allergies, please let Nancy know.**