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  We are now accepting memberships and renewals for 2015-2016. Membership Form

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


A.N.A.C. Is Moving

Please note that effective June 29th ,2015 A.N.A.C. we will be moving to the Canadian Nurses Association Building at 50 Driveway, Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2. We may experience service disruption with our internet and telephone during our move.   If you have any questions, please email:

A.N.A.C. In Partnership with Community Health Nurses Canada: Pre Conference Workshops 

Overview:  Indigenous Nursing Leadership: Sharing Practices in Diabetes and knowledge translation.

 The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada in collaboration with the Aboriginal Nurses Manitoba Inc., Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative, Manitoba Region, and the Diabetes Integration Project have formed a synergistic relationship that promotes excellence in scholarship and capacity building within nursing. This workshop will bring together four key stakeholders actively involved in delivering and supporting nurse’s working with Indigenous communities.

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Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada’s Statement to Honor the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, as the longest serving Aboriginal health professional organization in Canada with 40 years in existence, offers its steadfast support in honor of the courageous work the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has brought about.

Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, President says “As nurses, we have walked side by side with many survivors of residential schools and their families. Many of our Indigenous Nurses have also survived residential schools directly. We have treated and cared for many in our communities who have struggled to find healing and wellness.”

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A.N.A.C. Issues Call for Abstracts

Deadline has been extended to July 31, 2015.

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) is pleased to announce our 2016 National Forum in Montreal, QC: “Authentic Indigenous Health and Wellness Partnerships: Reclaimative Leading Practices”.

 In celebration of A.N.A.C.’s 40th Anniversary, members from across Canada will gather to honor and share knowledge on the significant contributions we have made to the field of nursing education, practice, policy and research for First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations in Canada.  Our members are the keepers of a rich body of knowledge related to Indigenous nursing and Indigenous health and wellness.  As the first and longest standing Indigenous health and Indigenous health professional organization in Canada, we continue to influence and transform how the development of Reclaimative Leading Practices in health education, research, health policy, and services/programs can better serve First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. 

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A.N.A.C. Addresses 2015 Budget Shortfalls

The Aboriginal Nurses Association is expressing concern over the 2015 Federal Budget recently released, as it continues to grow inequities in our most vulnerable populations like the homeless and many Indigenous Peoples.  “The message is clear that the federal government’s values are grounded in a survival of the richest” says Lisa Bourque Bearksin, President and an Indigenous Nurse. 

To read more ANAC Addresses 2015 Budget Shortfalls


Theme for Aboriginal Nurses Day May 11, 2015

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada is extremely pleased with the response from its membership in stating the Indigenous theme for National Nurses Week in Canada May 11 – 16, 2015.Each year, Aboriginal Nurses Day kicks off the week of nursing celebrations in Canada, falling on May 11th this year. The winning theme is “Indigenous Nursing: Healing Relationships” submitted by Yvon Lamarche, a 34 year Registered Nurse from Prince Albert, Sk. 

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Aboriginal Nursing in Canada

The Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) is pleased to report on an important outcome of our partnership with the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing.  Through our collaborative and authentic engagement in addressing the challenges of shortages of health professionals, a review of the 2011 National Household Survey has resulted in the sharing of data that will support our continued work as A.N.A.C. makes its unique contributions through advocacy, policy and research, in partnerships with the College of Nursing. This important data will set the stage for continued work with local nursing regulatory bodies in discussing the importance of a voluntary self-identification question on all registration renewals. In working together, the College of Nursing and A.N.A.C. have an important contribution to make in developing comprehensive information on the status of the Aboriginal Registered Nursing workforce in Canada.  

Please find attached a fact sheet on Aboriginal Nursing in Canada  Click Here



On behalf of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C) we want to congratulate the new Leader of the Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde. His vision of ‘working together’ to address the dispparities across all sectors is a important mandate that will help build a better future for the next seven generations. A.N.A.C. looks forward to our continued collaboration on improving the health of Aboriginal people across the country.


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



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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