Truth and reconciliation
On June 18, the Association signed Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord. The Accord is a living document, not a single time event, but an ongoing responsibility accepted by the signatories. By becoming partners to the Accord, the Association agrees to report the success of our commitment to reconciliation and our future goals annually.
To improve the healthcare experience and health outcomes of Indigenous peoples. The Association is committed to increasing our members’ knowledge and skills related to cultural competency and sensitivity by providing professional development opportunities and workshops related to Calls to Action 18-24 set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
For 2019, the Association reported:
ARNM made a conscious effort to include content that referred to the health needs of the Indigenous peoples and recognition of the value of indigenous healing practices, in professional development sessions that related to nursing practice.
We regularly collaborate with Indigenous nurse leaders who work in a variety of organizations, such as First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSS) and Saint Elizabeth Health Care (SEHC), as well as professional associations such as Manitoba Indigenous Nurses Inc. and at the national level through Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association.
This year we sought out Indigenous nurses to:
- Participate on the Association’s provincial Nursing Now Manitoba steering committee that would provide oversight and inform the development and implementation of a plan to honour and celebrate nurses and midwives throughout the province.
- Act as 1 of 15 MB voting delegates at the Canadian Nurse’s Association (CNA) national professional association’s virtual AGM June 22nd
- Participate on the Association’s operational committees - advocacy and professional development
- Encouraged Indigenous nurses to nominate self or others for director position during board elections
Our recruitment ads and position description for the public representative on the board of directors, indicated preference for a community member with an Indigenous perspective.