Symposium Schedule

BC Indigenous Health Nursing Student Caring Series

Virtual Online Symposium Series Schedule

In recognition of the World Health Organization (WHO) Campaign 2021 as Year of the Nurse and Midwife we wish to celebrate the contribution of nursing to the world’s health and are excited to work together with local leaders to develop research aimed at Advancing Indigenous Wellness by Reconciling Parallel Pathways in Indigenous Health Nursing: Innovating Wise Practices for Education, Standards, Partnerships, and Research. This research program is based in a knowledge co-creation process through collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous health providers guided by cultural governance protocols and principles established by an Advisory Council.

We believe that Indigenous Health Nursing (IHN) is an integral component of Indigenous healthcare. Indigenous Health Nursing promotes nursing practices that respect traditional knowledge is foundational for healing amongst First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. We will maintain relational accountability to our knowledge holders while ensuring mutual reciprocity is gained through our collective relationships in supporting alternate pathways in nursing. Considering the new “normal”, we have decided to relaunch our symposium virtual series with our previous keynote speakers as follows:


Series 1: August 17, 2020

Keynote: Elaine Alec – Syilx/Secwepemc Nation
"Indigenous Health Pathways Forward: Enowkinwixw”

Series 2: October 19, 2020

Keynotes: Dr. Odette Best and Dr. John Lowe
"An Aboriginal Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journey" & Indigenous Health Equity: Implementing an Indigenous Nurse-Led Researcher Center
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 PM Vancouver time/Time in Australia is 8 am Tuesday Oct 20, 2020

Facilitated Circle Talks (concurrent break out room) Facilitated by Nurse leads (~30-45 minutes TBD)

  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Leadership & Policy

Questions for Reflection: Revitalizing Indigenous Health Nursing Equity Research

  • Can you describe what information, resources or technology you need to support your nursing practice?
  • What data management systems do you have in place that would improve access to health information?
  • What types of information would be important for you to have access to?
  • What types of information would you like to see collected for your community?
  • What are we missing?

Series 3: November 16, 2020

Keynotes: Lucy Barney, Sage Thomas, Dr. Jennifer Leason and Evelyn Good Striker
"Reclaiming Indigenous Research in Nursing: Weaving Science and Indigenous ways of Being” [Lucy]
"Revitalizing Traditional Birthing" [Sage]
Time: Noon to 3 p.m.

Series 4: December 7, 2020

Keynotes: Dr. Terri Aldred, Annette Browne, Rose Melnyk and Vanessa Mitchell
"Renewing and Reinforcing Systems Transformation"
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Series 5: February 22, 2021

Co-hosted by Faye Martin and Christina Chakanyuka
"BC Indigenous Nurses Virtual Circle"
Time: 6 p.m.