Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association

The mission of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association is to improve the health of Aboriginal people, by supporting Aboriginal Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Aboriginal Health Nursing.


The Association's key objectives were updated in 2010 to be more reflective of current changing health, social and political environment.

a. To work with communities, health professionals and government institutions on Aboriginal Health Nursing issues and practices within the Canadian Health system that address particular interest and concern in Aboriginalcommunities with a view to benefiting Aboriginal peoples of Canada by improving their health and well-being, physically, mentally, socially and spiritually.

b. To engage and conduct research on Aboriginal Health Nursing and access to health care as related to Aboriginal Peoples.
c. To consult with government, non-profit and private organizations in developing programs for applied and scientific research designed to improve health and well-being in Aboriginal Peoples.

d. To develop and encourage the teaching of courses in the educational system on Canadian Aboriginal health, Indigenous knowledge, culturally safety in nursing and the health care system and/or other educational resources and supports.

e. To promote awareness in both Canadian and International Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities of the health needs of Canadian Aboriginal people.

f. To facilitate and foster increase participation of Aboriginal Peoples involvement in decision-making in the field of health care.

g. To strengthen partnerships and develop resources supporting the recruitment and retention of more people of Aboriginal ancestry into nursing and other health sciences professions.

h. To disseminate such information to all levels of community.

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