Indigenous Health Nursing Research Virtual Symposium

Thompson Rivers University campuses are on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc (Kamloops campus) and the T’exelc (Williams Lake campus) within Secwépemc'ulucw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc Nation. The region TRU serves also extends into the territories of the St’át’imc, Nlaka’pamux, Tŝilhqot'in, Nuxalk, and Dakelh, and Métis and Inuit Peoples living within these territories.

Celebrating the Past, Responding to the Present, While Co-creating a Vision for the Future of Indigenous Health Nursing & Research: International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

The greatest test of your professionalism will be your ability to apply your knowledge in a practical way, to put yourselves at the service of those communities and individuals whose need is greatest. (Jean Goodwill, RN, LLD)

Weyt-k! Welcome to TRU.

On behalf of Thompson Rivers University (TRU), School of Nursing (SON) we are pleased to invite you to attend our inaugural Indigenous Health Nursing Research Symposium. Virtual series beginning October 19, 2020.

Nursing faculty have been longstanding champions for Indigenous Health and Indigenous nursing. In recognition of the World Health Organization (WHO) Campaign 2020 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.

We are committed to working with communities, and across disciplines in ways that promote community participation and empowers nurses to enhance research approaches aimed at improving access to health care and creating culturally safe and secure health care environments. All research is based in a knowledge co-creation process through collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous health providers guided by Indigenous protocols and principles to develop actions that will address the unique health needs of Indigenous women, men, two-spirit, and gender-diverse persons in health professions.

TRU is committed to providing the highest quality teaching, research, and community service within the nations and citizens of Thompson Cariboo and Okanagan Regions within British Columbia, and to build and maintain strategic partnerships with our communities. We look forward to your participation in upholding TRU’s Mission and working collectively to improve the health of Indigenous peoples in BC. This opportunity will help develop and sustain wise practices for working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations in urban, rural, and isolated areas to redress inequities in health.

We want to thank you for your presence and participation while in this territory where Peoples from the Secwépemc Nations have been sharing their land and knowledge of teaching and learning since time immemorial.


Please contact Tina Lanceleve or Dr Lisa Bourque Bearskin for further information about the symposium.