CNF to raise $1 million

CNF to raise $1 million for indigenous nursing education and research

OTTAWA, May 5, 2016—The Canadian Nurses Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the One Million in One Year campaign to raise funds for indigenous nursing education and research.

The campaign, being launched at the annual CNF Nightingale Gala in Ottawa on May 5, aims to raise $1 million over the next year to help support indigenous communities across the country and build the capacity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis, nurses and to share indigenous knowledge and best practices.

 “The recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission highlighted the need for a commitment to improving the health and education of indigenous people. CNF, in collaboration with stakeholders, is committed to make change happen through its support of indigenous nurses,” says Christine Rieck Buckley, CEO, Canadian Nurses Foundation.  “In collaboration with new partners, CNF’s goal is to double the number of scholarships for Indigenous nurses, increase capacity of Indigenous nurse researchers, and provide opportunities for the sharing of indigenous knowledge, two way learning, and development of best practices.” 

Campaign funding will also support initiatives to increase the knowledge and skills of indigenous nurses in mental health. Given the increased incidence of suicide in these Indigenous communities, this increased knowledge and specialization of indigenous nurses in mental health will result in increased access to timely mental health services.

Indigenous nurses are often the first point of contact and the only health care providers in indigenous communities but Canada currently does not have enough people to meet the health care challenges they face. Having more indigenous nurses who are sensitive to the cultural needs is critical to achieving positive health care outcomes in these communities. This campaign will help fill a gap in indigenous nursing education and research.

“It is our goal that CNF TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund award recipients will share their stories of success and inspire other Indigenous youth to have hope and aspirations to become a registered nurse and help meet the health care needs of their communities,” says Rachel Bard, CNF Board Chair.

“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.”

“I am pleased to support this campaign which will help increase the number of indigenous nurses providing front-line health care in First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities,” says Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. “Recruiting more indigenous nurses will help us to address issues like mental health and suicide. It will also inspire other young people to get involved in health care in our communities.”

CNF believes that working in partnership with others—such as foundations, the indigenous nursing community, award recipients, professional associations like the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, and other stakeholders—will help to improve the health of indigenous people. This campaign will build on CNF’s current programs and develop new and exciting initiatives.  It will support indigenous nursing education and research to improve the health and wellbeing of indigenous communities across Canada and increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of indigenous nurses to help meet current and future health care challenges.


For more information

Canadian Nurses Foundation

Annette Martin

613-680-0879 ext. 223

About Canadian Nurses Foundation and the One Million in One Year campaign

For more than 50 years, the Canadian Nurses Foundation has helped nurses learn, investigate and advance nursing best practices. CNF awards scholarships to promising nursing students and nurses at all educational levels, and funds nurse-led research that enhances the quality and efficacy of patient care. There are more than 300,000 registered nurses who work with Canadians at every age and every stage of life — in clinical settings and in education, research, administration and policy across the country. Since 2009, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, in partnership with other organizations, has funded indigenous nursing education and research to advance innovation and leading healthcare practices in response to the needs of indigenous communities. To date, more than 100 indigenous nurses and nursing students have received support from this partnership. The One Million in One Year initiative advances this program in order to help even more students and researchers so we can all benefit from stronger communities and greater knowledge.