Love of nursing, of people and place

When asked why she wanted to be a nurse, Lara says, “I love people. I’ve always been caring for people. It’s a big part of who I am. It’s that calling, I think. I’m passionate about learning how the body works, maintaining good health and diving into the science behind it all.”

Story, artistry and resilience

Shawna Bowler, a proud Métis woman from Winnipeg, and a UVic social work master’s graduate, was a candidate for this year’s Governor General’s gold medal award for her outstanding thesis on Indigenous women’s healing through beading methodology. Her paper, Stitching Ourselves Back Together: Urban Indigenous Women's Experience of Reconnecting With Identity Through Beadwork, is also a testament to her experiences in reconnecting with her own Métis ancestry.

My pandemic teacher

Victoria Pickles is completing her master’s degree in nursing while working with Broadmead Care, a non-profit long term care organization. For her final practicum, she worked with UVic’s School of Nursing faculty and Island Health’s Professional Practice office to plan third and fourth year undergraduate student involvement in BC’s vaccination program and COVID-19 response for the elderly.

Indigenous nurses on Indigenist nursing

The University of Victoria’s School of Nursing has made a commitment towards inclusion of Indigenous peoples and reconciliation in step with the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Here, three Indigenous nurses talk about what it takes to realize that promise.

Student joins vaccination effort

Megan Fraser started a three-month nursing practicum with the Cowichan Tribes’ Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre on January 12 and worked her first drive-through vaccination clinic the very next day. Fraser, born and raised within the Cowichan Valley, has faced challenges before. True to form, she saw the beauty in this historic learning opportunity.

Reducing harms from substance use

Harms of substance use aren’t just caused by drugs, says Bernie Pauly, a research scientist and professor with the School of Nursing. “They are caused by policies, laws and social dimensions of health, and we are working towards adding in or creating metrics that will get at some of those factors.” Metrics include discrimination in housing policies, experiences of racism, distance to services of different kinds, or per capita police spending.

Return to well-being

Nick Claxton wants to teach youth how to build community, find themselves and enjoy a healthy life through land- and water-based knowledge and healing. As part of his doctoral research, Claxton (BSc ’00, MA ’03, PhD ’15) brought back his Tsawout First Nation traditional reef-net fishing practice to empower and reconnect his community. Elders, youth, families and community members came together around the SX̱OLE project. Children learned about the history and practice of the SX̱OLE. Youth and elders designed and built the reef net and planned the journey to their hereditary fishing grounds near Pender Island. Even old relationships with other nations were rekindled.

From doubt to transformation

Madison Wells, master's graduate with the School of Public Health and Social Policy, talks of learning about cultural safety, how one’s identity is shaped by society, what it really means to ‘unpack white privilege’ and the value of studying diverse perspectives. “These studies set me up to open my mind. I was not conscious of it at the start, but I came to see that this learning was preparing me, putting me in a good place to learn more and to remain humble.”

Jasmine Dionne has received a $180,000 Trudeau scholarship

Growing up, Dionne knew her Metis and Cree upbringing was unlike those of her non-Indigenous neighbours—but it was only when she was older that she found out her community was in the midst of an epidemic. The effects of gendered violence—missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit peoples (MMIWG2S)—were rippling across the country.

HSD Teaching Award

Congratulations to Devi Mucina (third from left), director of our Indigenous Governance Program, who was awarded the 2019 HSD Award for Teaching Excellence and Education Leadership. Helping him mark the occasion are students, alum and Mrs. Mucina (second from left), assistant professor with our School of Child and Youth care. From l to r: Erynne Gilpin, Mandeep Mucina, Devi Mucina, Josh Ngenda, Parker Johnson and Ariel Reyes Antuan

HSD annual review

Through learning and teaching, mentorship and support, we collectively prepare the next generation for careers across the health and governance sectors. Written in between the lines of our annual report is a shared vision—to lead in the generation and mobilization of knowledge for social change, health and well-being.

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