Support Indigenous Nurses


About the Film

The Journey profiles three recipients of support from the Canadian Nurses Foundation. Danielle, Isabelle, and Sharlene share their experiences and challenges on their journey to working in the nursing profession. 

Indigenous nurses are often the first point of contact and only health care providers in indigenous communities. With an increased sensitivity to the cultural dimension of health care needs and services, these nurses are critical to patients and families leading healthier and happier lives. Canada currently does not have enough Indigenous nurses to meet the health care needs in these communities.

The recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada highlights the need for a commitment to improve the health and education of Indigenous people.

CNF is raising one million in one year to support Indigenous nursing, with a focus on education, research and mentorship.

Since 2009, the Canadian Nurses Foundation, in partnership with other organizations, has funded Indigenous nursing education and research that has helped nurses learn, investigate and advance innovation and leading healthcare practices in response to the needs of Indigenous communities.

we need to do more.

This campaign is building on CNF’s current programs and developing new and exciting initiatives.  It will support Indigenous nursing education and research to improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities across Canada.

 These initiatives will increase the knowledge, skills, and abilities of Indigenous nurses to help meet current and future health care challenges.


"Why are we having more issues in health than non-indigenous people?" 

Sharlene  |  Nurse /CNF Research Grant Recipient