Indigenous Nurse Advisor:
Glenda Sandy, RN, MSc, is a Naskapi Cree nurse from the Naskapi Community Kawawachikamach, QC and a member of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation of Cross Lake, Manitoba. She obtained her Nursing Diploma from St. Lawrence College-Kingston, Bachelor of Nursing Science from Queen’s University and Master’s in Community Health from Université Laval with her Final paper entitled, Naskapi Miyupimaatisiiun, which was an exploration of the Naskapi meaning of health. Throughout her career she has worked primarily for her home community of Kawawachikamach in various functions such as: Expanded Role Nurse, Health and Social Service Program manager and Community Health Nurse. Currently she is working as a Nurse Advisor in Infectious Diseases with the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Service’s public health department.
She also has always been drawn to areas where the focus is on the promotion and integration of Indigenous health. She is currently an Infections Disease Nurse Advisor for the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services. She is also an Associate Member of McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing where she in an Indigenous Nurse Consultant involved in the redesign of a more ethically sound and culturally safe curriculum that introduces future nurses to Indigenous issues. Additionally, she co-developed and advises the School’s Ashukin Program, a program which enables Nursing Students to acquire clinical learning experiences in Indigenous communities in Quebec and act as mentors for youth interested in pursing Nursing as a career.
Contact Glenda by glendasandy [at] hotmail.com (Email)
GAIHN has been following the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, guiding students in the program through the experience in order to ensure every student has an understanding of colonization, and is more prepared to enter the workforce as nurses.