Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin
Associate Professor
Office: HSD A434


Area of expertise

Indigenous health nursing knowledge, Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous health rights, Indigenous-specific racism, cultural safety, cultural security, and cultural humility

Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin, a Cree Métis Registered Nurse leader from Beaver Lake Cree Nation, is a tenured Associate Professor and an inaugural Canadian Institute of Indigenous Health Research (CIHR) Indigenous Health Nursing Research Chair holder at University of Victoria with 30 years of experience in nursing.  She is known for her expertise in Indigenous nursing leadership, equity, and Indigenous knowledge in nursing. She now devotes her research career to community knowledge as a generative process to advancing Indigenous health nursing. She is recognized for her work on relational, rights/strength-based research approach to advancing Indigenous health rights. She was a former president of the Canadian Indigenous Nursing Association (CINA) and has led organizational changes that focused on reconciling parallel pathways of traditional Indigenous health care in the context of community wellness. She is a proud sur-thriver of the residential school and sixties scoop era, who rebuilt and maintained a solid connection to her community and culture and became a Licensed Practical Nursing. She went on to receive her Baccalaureate, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Alberta.

Please see IHNR.ca for more information about the BC Chair Program in Indigenous Health Nursing Research.