Tansi. As a First Nations women from Beaver Lake Cree Nation, I am very proud of my roots and how far I have come and grown in the last four years of my nursing undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta. My experience in nursing has allowed me to explore and challenge myself on a daily basis. Over the last year I had the opportunity to sit on the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) Board of Directors as the Indigenous Health Advocacy Chair, where I successfully made my position an Indigenous voting director position for the following year. Without the continued support of CNF, I would not have been able to successfully advocate for Indigenous rights and complete my Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
When I began my journey in nursing, one of my aspirations was to advocate for the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit and Metis populations across Canada. After completing my final practicum with Health Canada, First Nations, Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) I decided to pursue my Masters in Nursing. I have been accepted to McMaster University MN thesis-based program starting Fall of 2017. I wish to continue to be an advocate for the health and well-being of Indigenous populations, and instigate systematic change to ultimately improve health access and promote positive health outcomes for all Indigenous people. Specifically, I want take a closer look at improving recruitment and retention of Indigenous Nursing Students, something I know my Masters studies will help me facilitate.
Lastly, being awarded the TD Aboriginal bursary in 2014 and 2015 and the Northern Award in 2016 from CNF has allowed me to thrive in my studies and get one more year closer to my goal of being a Registered Nurse. Now that I reached my goal, I cannot say enough how grateful I am for the support CNF provides to not only me, but also every student they support.
Danielle is one of three remarkable Indigenous nurses featured in The Journey, a short documentary CNF project. The Journey profiles three recipients of Canadian Nurses Foundation scholarships. Danielle, Isabelle, and Sharlene share their experiences, their challenges and their passions on their journey to working in the nursing profession – each driven by a desire to care for their people and bridge gaps in the health care system.
CNF is excited to announce On-The-Go Magazine will be featuring Danielle, and The Journey in their October issue, as well as across the GTA! Be sure to check out the Dundas Square jumbotron this Thanksgiving weekend!