RN; B.Sc.N; MN
T'Kemlups te Secwepemc colonially known as Kamloops
Program Manager, Indigenous Health, Provincial Health Services Authority
Chaired the Secwepemc-Interior Health Letter of Understanding Interior Region Partnership Accord Technical Table & Partnership Accord Leadership table
Provided an anti-racism analysis to Provincial Health Services Authority Indigenous specific feedback on care experience, including recommendations for change
Supporting Secwepemc led community events — helperUniversity of British Columbia: Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Health Advisory CouncilThompson Rivers University: Indigenous Health Nursing Research Advisory Intergenerational mentorship Indigenous nurses
I believe it is critically important that there is Indigenous nursing thought leadership on the BCCNM board to support guiding the development and implementation of concrete actions to eradicate Indigenous-specific racism, hardwire cultural safety and humility within BCCNM, in alignment with the principle of United Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, and findings from other core Foundational Documents: the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the In Plain Sight Final Report: Addressing Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination in B.C., and Remembering Keegan: A B.C. First Nations Case Study. I have a commitment to my community, my Nation and our people to collectively understand what upholds inequities and systemic racism for Indigenous peoples. I believe I can bring my commitment, anti-racism and cultural safety and humility knowledge to the collective of the BCCNM board so that we can embrace our individual and collective roles and responsibilities to support addressing structural and interpersonal anti-Indigenous racism experienced by our people.
Secwépemc ontology emphasizes our relationship and interconnectedness with each other, the tmicw (earth and everything within), with Tkelt Kukpi7 (Creator) and with knowledge. K’wseltktnéws (we are all related) as a relationality approach, is built on intricate web of interconnections and interrelationships that bind us collectively and are balanced with values of respecting individual strengths and gifts. Living a life honing these strengths and gifts to give back to the community, thus positions our accountabilities through relationality that we have towards each other and to the communities we serve. Secwepemc ontology aligns with the BCCNM board values of public service, humility and respect. Knucwentwécws as a Secwépemc value of helping one another describes the Secwépemc individual responsibility to hone and develop the strengths and gifts of yourself and frames the importance of sharing in responsibility and helping one another. This positions us to critically reflect and act in ways that position Indigenous communities benefit to address the manifestations of Indigenous specific racism in nursing practice. Knucwentwécws aligns with the BCCNM board values of self-awareness, respect, adaptability, collaboration, accountability, honesty and integrity.
I have spent the majority of my nursing career focused on eradicating Indigenous specific racism, developing and implementing First Nation & Indigenous focused health equity initiatives and amplifying the role of Indigenous nurses in leading health systems change. My strengths are in the areas of anti-racism, BC First Nations and Indigenous context, cultural safety and humility and health systems change. Areas that I will need to strengthen include financial literacy and a deeper understanding of the health professions regulation.
I proudly identify as St’uxwtéwsemc and am the daughter and granddaughter of residential school survivors, being raised in my community of Sťuxwtéws. I have focused my energy within professional spaces to amplify the voices of First Nations and Indigenous partners within colonial spaces, implement Secwepemc perspectives and ways of being into her practice, unite groups in meaningful and purposeful ways, and to “do the work for the people,” which exemplifies my dedication to serving Indigenous peoples in any capacity I can. Examples of my professional contributions include proposal and successful implementation of $2 million initiative for First Nation Elder Care Service Enhancement model; a shared initiative between Interior Health & First Nations Health Authority to support a closer to home and culturally safe vision for Elders; Interior Health & FNHA established pathway for First Nation employed nurses’ consultation with Interior Health Clinical Practice Consultants – Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Clinical Nurse Specialists - Palliative Care; development of an Interior Health-wide Aboriginal palliative care strategy; led a strategic team of IH & FNHA leadership to implement COVID-19 Specimen Collection in Interior Region First Nation (FN) communities.