Nursing groups mark National Day of Reconciliation with launch of cultural competency framework

    OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Aboriginal Nurses Association of
Canada (A.N.A.C.), together with its partners, the Canadian Nurses Association
(CNA) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), will mark
June 11, the National Day of Reconciliation, with the launch of Cultural
Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: A Framework for First
Nations, Inuit and Métis Nursing.
    Rosella Kinoshameg, president of A.N.A.C., said the framework "will
provide the guiding principles greatly needed in the education and safe
learning environment of nursing students and their preparation to provide
culturally safe care."
    "The new framework sets positive standards that affirm the resiliency of
First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and will enhance health care and
treatment for Aboriginal people in the Canadian health-care system," said
Kaaren Neufeld, president of the Canadian Nurses Association.
    "CASN is committed to the framework. It is a vital first step to
integrating cultural competency into BScN programs from coast to coast," said
Lynnette Stamler, CASN president. "We are excited to be part of the 'Making it
Happen' team."
    The framework is the result of a project - funded by the Aboriginal
Health Human Resources Initiative, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch,
Health Canada - called Making it Happen: Strengthening Aboriginal Health Human
Resources. The joint venture addressing cultural proficiency is now in its
second phase, integrating cultural safety competencies into the curriculum of
select Canadian schools of nursing.


    The National Day of Reconciliation focuses on confronting past attempts
at cultural assimilation and the ongoing inequities facing Aboriginal people.
For more information, visit the Assembly of First Nations' website at

For further information:

For further information: Maria Jacko, Project Coordinator, A.N.A.C.,
(613) 724-4677, ext. 24,

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