Kalum Dan mural

Indigenous Initiatives

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission produced its final report into the history and legacy of Canada's residential school system with 94 calls to action.

Several of those calls to action focused on health with one specifically requesting that nursing schools in Canada require all students to take a course dealing with Aboriginal health issues.

To that end, the Faculty of Nursing established an Indigenous initiatives portfolio in 2017 with the intent of integrating Indigenous history into the curriculum, ensuring faculty educators recognize the value of Aboriginal healing practices and understand Aboriginal rights and educating more Indigenous students.

Nursing Indigenous News

Class of ‘94 nursing alumni celebrate 30 years of deep friendship

Through travel reunions, family gatherings and group chats, a tight-knit group of nurses from UCalgary Nursing have stayed connected for three decades

UCalgary Nursing announces four new additions to leadership team

A message from Dr. Catherine Laing, interim dean, Faculty of Nursing

Class of 2024: Nursing student’s research pinpoints a need to refresh lessons in cultural understanding

Tracy Morrow focuses her master’s degree study on enhancing online training in Indigenous cultural awareness in health-care settings

2024 Nursing Research Day to showcase graduate students’ thesis work

Meet the eight participants who will be presenting their research at UCalgary Nursing virtual event on March 7

In the Spirit of Reconciliation

Assistant Professor (Teaching) Megan Keszler reflects on the journey bringing the professional development workshop “The Four Elements: Bringing an Indigenous Framework into Nursing Education” to UCalgary Nursing

2024 UCalgary Nursing Spark Awards to honour outstanding nursing champions

Help us recognize contributions to nursing by nominating standout students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners by Feb. 29

Indigenous Initiatives Events


Indigenous Resources

Indigenous Resources

Check out this website developed by a Term 3 student group in NURS289 Fall 2021. 

Find resources available for faculty, staff and students to increase their knowledge around the socio-economic issues and culturally appropriate care for Indigenous populations. Build awareness around Indigenous people's culture, strengths and history. 

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International Women's Day March 8

Our Indigenous Initiatives director Michelle Scott gave a keynote at the The Elspeth Heyworth Centre celebration of #InternationalWomensDay on March 2. 

Wall art creates brave space for Indigenous nursing students

Wall art creates brave space for Indigenous nursing students

The Gathering Space is meant to be a place for Indigenous nursing students to study, regroup, and connect, and its corner location on the lower level of the Professional Faculties Building is unassuming.

In January 2019, Blackfoot artist Kalum Teke Dan painted a mural that will inspire not only the Indigenous community, but anyone who ventures into the space.

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UCalgary Nursing adds new Indigenous murals and artwork to student spaces

Faculty unveils new murals and prints by Blackfoot artist

UCalgary Nursing adds new Indigenous murals and artwork by Kalum Teke Dan to student spaces in the Professional Faculties Building 

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TRC call-to-action a springboard for change

TRC call-to-action a springboard for change

The Faculty of Nursing's path toward Indigenization focuses on cultural safety and helping vulnerable populations. Cultural safety includes practices that recognize and respect the unique cultural identity of Indigenous people. 

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