The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Statement by Jessy Dame
ARNBC Director: Indigenous click to read
Indigenous Nurses Day is celebrated on May 9th, 2018 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 Opportunities:

Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)

One Indigenous nurse will be selected to attend the Canadian Nurses Association Biennial and AGM, June 18-20, 2018. This all-expenses paid opportunity will enable the successful applicant to connect with colleagues, hear exceptional speakers and gain valuable leadership experience.

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA)

One Indigenous nurse will be selected to attend the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association AGM and pre-conference workshop in conjunction with the National Community Health Nursing Conference on June 26, 2018. This all-expenses paid opportunity will enable the successful applicant to connect with Indigenous nurse colleagues from across the country, attend the pre-conference workshop and gain valuable leadership experience.

To apply for any (or all!) of these please visit ARNBC STAND Opportunities

Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA)


As part of National Nursing Week, CINA recognizes May 9, 2018 as National Indigenous Nurses Day.

Indigenous Health and Nursing Policy Table

Learn more about our newly established Indigenous Health and Nursing Policy Table
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Meet B.C.'s Nurses

Each month ARNBC features a Registered Nurses 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 thrilled to profile one of B.C.'s fantastic Indigenous nurses.

Featured:

Lisa Bourque Bearskin RN, MN, PhD

Lisa is a Cree/Metis member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in Treat 6 Territory, Associate Professor, and New Researcher with the Thompson River University, School of Nursing. After 25 years as a Registered Nurse she began her teaching career working with Maskwacis Community College/Health Center in Alberta and Arctic Nursing program in Iqaluit Nunavut and the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing where she developed and delivered Indigenous-nursing initiatives. Lisa was awarded her PhD in Nursing in 2014. She served as the President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association from 2013-2017 contributing to advancing Indigenous nursing leadership. In 2017 she received the Canadian Nurses Association Award for the Top 150 Nurses. Lisa has a strong passion to invest in First Nation, Inuit, and Metis, rights to appropriate health care and to work within the health care system to enhance peoples understanding of Indigenous health that is responsive to the client and nurse's cultural integrity. Currently, she is working with nurses and various communities to enhances understandings of Indigenous nursing knowledge and social determinants of health, focusing on Indigenous wellness that maintains cultural integrity of nurses practice and supports Indigenous clients’ sovereignty.

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...