May 12 Proclaimed Manitoba Indigenous Nurses Day

By Lisa McFarland posted 05-12-2021 11:37


In support and recognition of the significant contributions of Indigenous nurses to the health and well-being of the people in Manitoba the Province of Manitoba has proclaimed this day as Indigenous Nurses Day.

Province of Manitoba, Proclamation: Indigenous Nurses Day

WHEREAS: National Nursing Week has been set aside as an opportunity to learn about the largest group of health care providers in the country; and

WHEREAS: in the past, one day of National Nursing Week has been designated as Indigenous Nurses Day by the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association; and

WHEREAS: Manitoba Indigenous nurses are working toward improving the health and well-being of the First Nations community and all citizens; and

WHEREAS: Indigenous nurses are navigators, leaders and partners with individuals, colleagues, families and communities in providing guidance in health promotion and illness prevention; and

WHEREAS: Indigenous nurses are dedicated to providing safe, culturally competent and ethical care to patients and their families; and

WHEREAS: Indigenous nurses recognize the role of Indigenous health and healing practices in supporting the health of Indigenous people; and

WHEREAS: Indigenous nurses are promoting nursing and health careers as a choice for Indigenous students; and

WHEREAS: Indigenous nurses advocate for advancements such as clean air, water, affordable housing and other social determinants of health focused on providing care and support for maintaining health delivered in the community; and

WHEREAS: the Courage of Nurses Conference held in March 2007 resulted in the formation of Manitoba Indigenous Nurses Inc. that includes Indigenous nurses and is open to allied health professionals; 

Now therefore let it be known that I, Heather Stefanson, Minister of Health and Seniors Care for the Province of Manitoba, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2021, as Indigenous Nurses Day in Manitoba and do commend its thoughtful observance to all the citizens of our province.