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Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.)



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Today Canadians will be forever changed. On behalf of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada we wish to offer our condolences to the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a reservist standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the war memorial in Ottawa. We want to recognize his valor and vigilance to protecting and standing in honor of our Country. As his family and friends prepare for tough days ahead we ask Canadians to share their prayers for all those who are reeling with grief. Let us all stand in solidarity today, tomorrow and beyond. Love is our only future and it is what will give this family hope to endure the suffering of losing a loved one. To all Canadians the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada implores you each to find the courage it will take to find light and peace of humanity.   


R. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, President


ANAC 2014 AGM Results Click Here


Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and University of Saskatchewan signed MOU Click Here


NCCID/A.N.A.C. webinar



The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) offers its prayers and deepest heartfelt condolences to Tina Fontaine’s family and friends as they prepare to come to terms with this tragic and senseless loss…Read More


2014 – Health Canada’s 12th Annual First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Award of Excellence in Nursing

Three registered nurses employed by Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit communities are being recognized during National Nursing Week for their dedication, initiative and high standard of excellence. For more information go to:

Message from Aboriginal Nurses Association President On Aboriginal Nurses Day 2014

“I think the basic sense of personal responsibility that forms an important part of a nurse’s training must be the guiding ethic in any profession involving human and social services…… more

Letter to Minister Ambrose regarding Aboriginal Nurses Day…… more


A.N.A.C. Announces the 2014 National Forum Theme: “Bridging Nursing Knowledge from Research to Practice: Honouring Indigenous Wisdom”

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada has chosen the theme for their 2014 National Forum to be held in Winnipeg, MB on October 4th and 5th, 2014 at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites.

Abstracts are now being invited for oral presentations, posters and workshop sessions that describe how Nurses can better support individuals, communities and nations to focus on various ways of knowing to provide excellent care for Aboriginal individuals, families and communities in their healing journey to achieve wellness…… more

For more information, please contact A.N.A.C. Office at


A.N.A.C.’s Elects New President

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada is pleased to announce that R. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, RN, MN PhD (C) was elected President on November 10, 2013. A member of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Ms Bourque Bearskin works as a Sessional Lecturer and is completing her PhD studies at theUniversity of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing. Lisa is “very grateful for the opportunity to work with A.N.A.C., as the organization continues to lead and facilitate nursing work in First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities; to meet the new demands of our growing diversity and our rapidly changing health care system.”

For more information, please contact Fjola Hart Wasekeesikaw, Executive Director at

Making It Happen: Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education – Summary of Activities, Reports and Resources funded by the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) has developed a number of resources and has taken part in a number of activities relative to the goal of cultural competence and culturally safe nursing care………… more

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada are pleased to announce the publication of “Educating Nurses to Address Socio-Cultural, Historical, and Contextual Determinants of Health among Aboriginal Peoples 2013”…… more


A.N.A.C Extend an Invitation to Collaborate on Future Cultural Safety Initiatives

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada welcomes the document, Empathy, dignity, and respect: Creating cultural safety for Aboriginal people in urban health care as an important contribution to the health of Aboriginal Canadians. The document was released on December 10th by the Health Council of Canada.  In a letter to the Health Council of Canada, the Interim Executive Director, Fjola Hart Wasekeesikaw also extended an invitation to work collaboratively on future cultural competence and cultural safety initiatives to improve health care of Aboriginal people.

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It was recently brought to the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada’s attention by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) that 10 of Canada’s regulatory bodies selected the American – based National Council of State Boards of Nursing to develop a new registered nursing entry exam. This means that as early as 2015 the current Canadian exam, the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination (CRNE) will no longer exist. Read more . . .

Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada and Canadian Blood Services – OneMatch Collaboration

A Journey to Inspire: The story of Gabe Callicum and a Call to Action from Chief Patrick James Find out more! View video

A.N.A.C. Resources

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.), has two new resources: The Spirit of Courageous Leaders: Profiles of Aboriginal Nurses and  Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety: Curriculum for Aboriginal Peoples. 

The Spirit of Courageous Leaders: Profiles of Aboriginal Nurses is a collection of biographies of Aboriginal nurses, whose stories span almost a century. The First Nation, Métis and Inuit women represented throughout this anthology embody a wide array of experiences, challenges and successes in nursing. /read the Press Release (.pdf)

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