The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) called on nursing schools to increase enrollment of Indigenous students, to increase course content dealing with aboriginal health issues and to develop skills-based training in cultural safety.
Louise Baptiste is an instructor and the faculty’s director, Indigenous Initiatives focused on student supports and community outreach. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the provincial Indigenous Health Team and as a nurse educator since 2009. She is a member of Samson Cree Nation, the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association and was recently nominated to sit on the Wisdom Council for Alberta Health Services.
Heather Bensler joined the Faculty of Nursing in August 2017 as the director, Indigenous Initiatives with a focus on faculty/curriculum development and as an instructor in the undergraduate program. A graduate of the Calgary Conjoint Nursing Program (BN'96), Heather's diverse career has enabled her to work in South America with Indigenous groups, in obstetrics where she continues to practice today, leading knowledge translation projects and in nursing education.
Faculty of Nursing Breakfast Lecture Series
Food for Thought
Learn how nursing research makes a difference to our quality of life! The Faculty of Nursing Breakfast Series is made up of four annual lectures, meant to inform the community about innovations in nursing research and nursing knowledge around a variety of topics. Everyone is welcome to come for breakfast and enjoy an informative talk, followed by a Q & A.