Mamawohkamtowin

Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Dr. Ray­monde Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Lisa is a Cree/Métis mem­ber of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in Treaty 6 Ter­ri­to­ry. She is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and new researcher with Thomp­son Riv­er Uni­ver­si­ty’s School of Nurs­ing. After 25 years as a Reg­is­tered Nurse, Lisa began her teach­ing career work­ing with Maskwacis Com­mu­ni­ty College/Health Cen­ter in Alber­ta and Arc­tic Nurs­ing pro­gram in Iqaluit Nunavut and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing where she devel­oped and deliv­ered Indige­nous-nurs­ing ini­tia­tives. Cur­rent­ly, she is work­ing with nurs­es, health care prac­ti­tion­ers, aca­d­e­mics and var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties to enhance Indige­nous nurs­ing knowl­edge and social deter­mi­nants of health, focus­ing on Indige­nous well­ness that main­tains the cul­tur­al integri­ty of nurs­es prac­tice and sup­ports Indige­nous clients’ sov­er­eign­ty. Recent­ly, Lisa and an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary com­mu­ni­ty-dri­ven team of schol­ars and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, have been award­ed a CIHR plan­ning grant towards an appli­ca­tion to estab­lish a CIHR fund­ed Indige­nous Research Cen­tre in Secwépemc ter­ri­to­ry. Lisa was award­ed her Ph.D. in Nurs­ing in 2014 and received the Cana­di­an Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion Award for the Top 150 Nurs­es. She served as the Pres­i­dent of the Cana­di­an Indige­nous Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (CINA) from 2013–2017 advanc­ing Indige­nous nurs­ing lead­er­ship. Lisa’s pas­sion is to advo­cate Indige­nous peo­ple’s (First Nation, Inu­it, and Métis) right to cul­tur­al­ly appro­pri­ate health care and to work with­in the health care sys­tem to enhance main­stream health care’s knowl­edge of Indige­nous health that is respon­sive to the client and nurse’s cul­tur­al integrity.

Employment

2020-present
2016–present
2013–2017
2015
2014–2015
2013–2015

2005–2015
2010–2013
2009–2010
2008–2010
2008–2009
2007–2010
2007–2008
2006–2009
2006–2008
2004–2008
2004–2015
2000–2004
2002–2004
1998–2000
1995–1998
1983–1995

Employment

CIHR Nurs­ing Research Chair, TRU
Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing, Thomp­son Rivers Uni­ver­si­ty (TRU)
Pres­i­dent, Cana­di­an Indige­nous Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion (CINA)
Clin­i­cal Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta (U of A)
Act­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Abo­rig­i­nal Nurs­es Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­da (ANAC)
Ses­sion­al & Con­text for Indige­nous Peo­ples Edu­ca­tion, Pro­fes­sion­al Engage­ment, Fac­ul­ty of Edu­ca­tion, Dept of Edu­ca­tion­al Pol­i­cy Stud­ies (U of A)
Ses­sion­al Lec­tur­er, BScN Pro­gram, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing (U of A)
Abo­rig­i­nal Nurs­ing Coor­di­na­tor, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing (U of A)
Research Assis­tant, Cana­di­an Insti­tutes of Health Research
Abo­rig­i­nal Nurs­ing Con­sul­tant, East­ern Métis Set­tle­ments, Alberta
Research Coor­di­na­tor, Access Research Ini­tia­tive Nurs­ing, UofA
Research Coor­di­na­tor, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing (U of A) CIHR Grant; PI Dr. Cameron
Research Assis­tant, Fac­ul­ty of Nurs­ing (U of A) CIHR Grant: PI Stew­art and King
Vice Pres­i­dent of Pro­gram­ming, Abo­rig­i­nal Health Group Health Sci­ences, Uof A
Clin­i­cal Nurse Con­sul­tant, Cap­i­tal Health Author­i­­ty-Abo­rig­i­­nal Dia­betes Well­ness Program
Reg­is­tered Nurse, Cap­i­tal Health Authority
Ses­sion­al Instruc­tor Nurs­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta
Nurs­ing Instruc­tor, BScN Pro­gram, Nunavut Arc­tic Col­lege, Iqaluit Nunavut
Adjunct Nurs­ing Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Dal­housie, Hal­i­fax, NS
Nurs­ing Instruc­tor, LPN Pro­gram, NorQuest Col­lege, Edmonton/Hobbema, AB
Com­mu­ni­ty Health Nurse, First Nations Inu­it Health Branch, Edmon­ton, AB
LPN Maternity/Acute Care, B.C./Lac Lac Biche/Edmonton, AB

KEYWORDS

Indige­nous nurs­ing knowl­edge, Indige­nous knowl­edge, health care sys­tems, nurs­ing, nurs­ing edu­ca­tion, cul­tur­al safe­ty, Indige­nous social deter­mi­nants of health, health inequities and dis­par­i­ties, and insti­tu­tion­al racism and discrimination.

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