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Rose Melnyk

​​Education creden​​tials

RN; B.Sc.N; MN


T'Kemlups te Secwepemc colonially known as Kamloops

Current ​​employer

Program Manager, Indigenous Health, Provincial Health Services Authority

Years​ in practice


Regulatory experienc​​e 

​​​Chaired the Secwepemc-Interior Health Letter of Understanding Interior Region Partnership Accord Technical Table & Partnership Acc​​ord Leadership table 

Provided an anti-racism anal​​​ysis to Provi​​ncial Health Services Authority Indigenous specific feedback on care experience, including recommendations for change

Volunteer/community involvem​​ent

Supporting Secwepemc led community events — helper
University of British Columbia: Faculty of Medicine Indigenous Health Advisory Council
Thompson Rivers University: Indigenous Health Nursing Research Advisory Intergenerational mentorship Indigenous nurses​

Can​​didate statement

Why do you want to be a BCCNM Board Member? 

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.

Using the Board Composition Matrix as a guide, how do you embody these values in your work and personal life? 

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 w​e 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.

Using the Board Composition Matrix as a guide, what specific skills, practices, and knowledge do you currently have that will contribute to the Board’s work and which do you need to learn? 

​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.​

What specific knowledge, perspectives and/or lived experience do you currently have that can meet the need to strengthen BC First Nations or Indigenous representation in the Board’s composition and support the Board in its pledge to make the BC healthcare system more culturally safe for Indigenous peoples? 

​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 int​​​o 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.​

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With great respect, we acknowledge that BCCNM’s office is located on the unceded territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking peoples – xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, and the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh Sníchim speaking peoples - Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.​