Indigenous Health Courses and Practice

Learning activities around promoting Indigenous Peoples’ health are threaded throughout the BScN curriculum starting in Year 1. Students in the TRU nursing program are also able to choose to work in practice placements with Indigenous individuals, groups, and communities. The majority of these practice opportunities are available in semesters 6-8. In addition, students will encounter clients who are of Indigenous heritage everywhere within the health care system.

Some of the many practice placements to choose from include:

  • Anahim Lake Nursing Station
  • Bella Coola Hospital
  • Esketemc Health Centre
  • Fort Nelson First Nation
  • Kamloops Interior Indian Friendship Society
  • Lytton Health Centre
  • Namgis First Nations Health Centre
  • Q’wemstin Health Society
  • Sexqeltqin Health Centre
  • Simpcw Health Centre
  • Upper Nicola Health and Wellness Centre
  • White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society
  • Resource Center
  • Xeni Gwet’in Health Services.

Interdisciplinary Indigenous Health - Course HLTH 3300

HLTH 3300 - Interdisciplinary Indigenous Health was developed by the School of Nursing.  This course is available to all TRU students.  See course description below:

HLTH 3300 - Interdisciplinary Indigenous Health (2,1,0)  3 credits

This course introduces students to Indigenous people's health in Canada. Students experience Indigenous ways of knowing through a decolonization framework, engaging in local knowledge, methodologies and practices of Indigenous peoples. Students engage in experiential, reflexive learning informed by local Knowledge Keepers. The course embraces Indigenous Knowledge and uses the premise of 'two-eyed seeing'. Students are guided through an inter-professional framework of practice to facilitate collaboration and planning of services to improve Indigenous health.

Prerequisite: 2nd year standing; 3rd year standing recommended    Required Seminar: HLTH 3300S

Students should speak with nursing faculty about the availability of an immersion experience in collaboration with North Island College Nursing and the transferability of several other Indigenous health theory courses from other institutions.