Indigenous Nurses Day 2019

May 7, 2019

On May 8 we celebrate Indigenous Nurses Day 2019. Indigenous Nurses Day highlights the achievements of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis nurses and recognizes their invaluable work improving the health and well-being of Canadians.

Supporting access to high-quality health care for all means supporting and recognizing the unique experiences of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis nurses in our union. ONA strives to create space and support for our Indigenous members through the Members of Aboriginal Descent Caucus Group, which meets at our Human Rights and Equity Caucus each year.

Susan Archibald, ONA’s representative for members of Aboriginal backgrounds on our Human Rights and Equity Team, shared her personal experiences as an Indigenous woman facing discrimination in the health-care system with the team last year. Her story had such an impact it was instrumental in developing the 2017 Human Rights and Equity Caucus theme, We Need to Talk: Understanding the Reality of Stereotyping. Archibald also shared her experiences in the broader context of the stereotyping of Canada’s Indigenous peoples to Caucus delegates with her counselor Trish Meekins.

Learn More

Check out the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association's (CINA) Twitter account for the latest news and issues impacting Canada's Indigenous nurses and the health-care system. You can also visit their website.

Visit the Canadian Nurses Association website for resources and information on Indigenous Health in Canada.

CBC News interviewed Indigenous nurses on their unique experiences. They spoke about the need to increase the number of Indigenous nurses to change the health-care system and fight against discrepancies between the health care provided to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Click here for the complete article.

ONA is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes membership diversity. Visit our Human Rights & Equity webpage to learn about the work being done by our Human Rights & Equity Team, contact team members, and to access valuable resources.