Indigenous Practical Nursing Program – Launched at SIIT

SIIT Media Release
Published October 23, 2020

SIIT is proud to announce the successful start of Year 2 of the Indigenous Practical Nursing Program. This ground-breaking program marks the first dedicated Indigenous Practical Nursing program in Canada. The program marries innovative technologies with traditional Indigenous practices such as harvesting traditional medicines while learning and practicing cultural protocols.

The development of this program started in 2015 with the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report (TRC) and specifically Call to Action #23 calling for increased numbers of Indigenous professionals working in health care and cultural competency training for all health care professionals.

“As a First Nation-governed institution, we continue to implement our inherent and Treaty rights to education, SIIT is mandated to respond to the needs of our communities and nations. Now more than ever, our country needs Indigenous health professionals and we are proud that SIIT is responding to the call,” stated Chief Bobby Cameron (Witchekan Lake First Nation) Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.

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