The College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS) registrants and the public we serve reside on the traditional lands of the Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree), Nahkawininiwak (Saulteaux), Nakota (Assiniboine), Dakota and Lakota (Sioux), and Denesuline (Dene/ Chipewyan) Peoples, and the traditional homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. As members of the CRNS, we recognize we live and work in Treaty Two, Four, Five, Six, Eight, and Ten territories – we are all Treaty People.
We respect and honor the Treaties that were made on all territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we are committed to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
A Commitment to Truth & Reconciliation
Through collaboration with employers, educators, regulators, direct care providers, leaders, and members of the public from across the province, this video represents a heartfelt apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this nation. It's a testament to our commitment to lead the journey toward reconciliation.
A special thank you to Dr. Holly Graham, Ph.D., R.D., Psychologist, RN, BA, BScN, MN, Associate Professor, Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, for partnering with the CRNS to lead this project.
Embracing Truth and Reconciliation as RNs and NPs
As dedicated health care professionals, RNs and NPs hold a unique responsibility not only to care for the physical well-being of our clients but also to uphold the values of justice, empathy, and inclusivity. Leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2023, we wanted to take some time to reflect on the transformative process of acknowledging historical injustices, fostering healing, and promoting unity within communities.
Reconciliation requires understanding our colonial history and for all RNs and NPs to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. As RNs and NPs, we are committed to including First Nation, Métis, and Inuit perspectives and ensuring their knowledge systems are honored, respected, valued and integrated into nursing practice. We must collectively commit to learning their truths and our Canadian history to develop authentic, meaningful, and respectful relationships with all Indigenous Peoples.
Connecting with the Community through Art
To reflect the CRNS’s commitment to truth and reconciliation and to continue to build relationships with the Indigenous community, the CRNS invited Saskatchewan Indigenous artists to submit expressions of interest to create and deliver a piece of art. With the help of Sakewewak Artists Collective, we connected with Jamie Page (she/her).
Good Medicine by Jamie Page (presented November 7, 2023)
Materials: Acrylic paint pen and watercolor brush pen on watercolor paper. 20 x 26”
Jamie Page resides in Regina with her husband and cat. She is an urban member of Carry the Kettle First Nation. She grew up in British Columbia and Newfoundland before moving to Saskatchewan in her teens. She is Nakota, Saulteaux, Danish, and Métis. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her contemporary doodle art connects different concepts together using simple shapes and expressive lines.
This artwork, Good Medicine, acknowledges the past and looks to the future in a meaningful way by integrating Indigenous worldviews with nursing values. It has a nurse and a medicine woman at the center, touching hands on the top of a bridge, as a sign of two worldviews coming together. It symbolizes respect for both science and traditional practices while recognizing the important role of nursing in medicine and history. Each animal pictured symbolizes an important teaching or aspect of First Nations & Métis culture. The four sacred medicines, sage, sweetgrass, tobacco, and cedar, are also shown, along with an Elder who is smudging, to show respect for ceremony and traditional healing practices. The DNA helix, IV bag and modern facilities symbolize Western medicine. The use of dots and florals throughout the artwork represents First Nations and Métis beadwork, while the thick stripes of pink, red and turquoise together symbolize the Métis sash. The moments shared between the patients and nurses portray innumerable ways nurses care for their patients in every stage of life. In addition to the heart symbols throughout the drawing, these moments represent how caring, positive, kind, and strong nurses are and how important it is to them to connect with their patients.
Learn The Truth
We encourage you to further your understanding and knowledge of what Truth and Reconciliation means to you, your practice and the communities you serve. If you’d like to share your own resources, please do so on the CRNS Connects Facebook Page for all registrants to access. And as we approach license renewal season, it’s also a great time to consider adding aspects of engaging in Truth and Reconciliation to your 2024 Continuing Competence Program Learning Plan.
- Indigenous Nursing (kā-wīci-pimohtēmāt) Professional Practice Group: kā-wīci-pimohtēmāt (pronounced: gaah-weechi-bimohte-maat) is a group of Indigenous nurses whose goal is to educate, collaborate, and enable all Saskatchewan nurses to work together to address the current health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and to facilitate a platform for direct communication between the College of Registered Nurses of Saskatchewan (CRNS) and the Indigenous nurses in this province, in line with The Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (2015). Access resources, education, courses, opportunities for allyship and more
- Resistance and Resurgence: Exploring Key Issues Impacting Indigenous Communities Across Turtle Island
- September 30th is a Good Day for Learning
- Decolonization – A Resource for Indigenous Solidarity
- What Are the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action & How Are We Working Toward Achieving Them Today?
- Read for Reconciliation