My daughter inspired me to change my life. She is the reason I started the journey
towards becoming a nurse. I was a young Indigenous mother, beginning at the age of 20, and at
that point I had not yet graduated high school. I grew up on the west side of Saskatoon and my
life could’ve been a lot different if it were not for the arrival of my daughter. She made me view
life from a different perspective. I wanted to provide a better future for her and my family. She
sadly passed away two years ago but she is still my driving force to continue the path to
becoming a nurse. I honor her memory in everything that I do just as I did when she was alive.
I will be the first one in my family to attain a college degree. Pushing passed the
adversities in my life isn’t just an achievement for me but for my family and community. As an
Indigenous woman in the nursing program I see things differently, and I have a completely
different perspective on health. Now that I have spent some time in the nursing program I
know that I can be an advocate for the Indigenous community. It has always been my passion to
help people and nursing will give me the platform to help Indigenous communities. I hope to
use the knowledge I have gained from nursing to further lift up my people.