The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Statement by Laurie Dokis
ARNBC Regional Director:
First Nations
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Indigenous Nurses Day is celebrated on May 11th, 2017 as part of National Nursing Week. It's a day to celebrate the contributions of Indigenous nurses to the health and well-being of Canadians.

Strengthening Aboriginal Nursing Development

The "Strengthening Aboriginal Nursing Development" (STAND) program was established to provide a pathway for leadership development for Aboriginal nurses working in British Columbia.

Current Opportunity

One Aboriginal nurse will be selected to attend the ARNBC AGM and present their innovation at our Innovation Forum, which will be held prior to the AGM on June 26, 2017. This all-expenses paid opportunity will enable the successful applicant to connect with colleagues, share innovations and gain invaluable leadership experience.

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA)

As part of national Nursing week, CINA recognizes May 11, 2017 as National Indigenous Nursing Day. For more information, visit the website.

Meet B.C.'s Nurses

Each month ARNBC features a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner to highlight our nursing colleagues from across the province from all domains of practice, and from every stage of their career. In honour of Indigenous Nurses Day we are we are thrilled to profile one of B.C.'s fantastic Indigenous nurses.


Terrace Desnomie, RN BScN

Terrace Desnomie, RN BScN is a case management nurse and President-Elect of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) with a passion for Indigenous health advocacy. Terrace has been an active member on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). Terrace is Sioux from the Standing Buffalo First Nation of Fort Qu'Appelle.

Interview Questions  (click to view)

  1. What led you into the nursing profession?
  2. How did you get to where you are today?
  3. What do you find most challenging in your current role?
  4. What do you find most rewarding in your current role?
  5. What advice would you give to new nurses or individuals considering nursing as a career?
  6. Nursing is...