CNF Honours Indigenous Nurses on National Aboriginal Day
Canada’s only national charity raising funds to advance nursing knowledge and research highlights need to support Canada’s Indigenous Peoples.
In honour of National Aboriginal Day, The Canadian Nurses Foundation, who has long recognized the critical role Indigenous nurses play in mental and physical health in many communities throughout Canada, celebrates their contribution to Canadian health care.
Since 2009, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, in partnership with other organizations, has funded indigenous nursing education and research that has helped Indigenous nurses learn, investigate and advance innovation and leading healthcare practices in response to the needs of Indigenous communities. National Aboriginal Day serves as a great reminder and opportunity to recognize the work and dedication of Canada’s Indigenous nurses.
“Indigenous nurses can be a powerful force within their communities and beyond,” says Isabelle Wallace, an indigenous nurse from Madawaska Maliseet First Nation in New Brunswick, and a past recipient of the CNF/TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund scholarship. “They have a unique understanding and background that can make a huge difference, but they need to be empowered first. Collective focus on mentorship and nursing education programs, like CNF’s can be incredibly impactful.”
CNF recently launched its One Million in One Year campaign to help support indigenous nurses across the country. This campaign supports Indigenous nursing education and research to improve the health and well being of Indigenous communities across Canada.