Mental Health Nursing Interest Group: Working in a First Nation Community: Lessons Learned Through the Eyes of a Non-Native Nurse

Nov 28, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
About this Event:

Jane McFadden has been a registered nurse (RN) for over 20 years, working with marginalized populations, including First Nations communities. She has lived experience working as a non-Native RN in Walpole First Nation Community. Through personal stories, Jane shares her journey of self-awareness, realized personal cultural bias, and learning that her life perspective greatly differed from those she cared for in the First Nation community. In this presentation, Jane will be joined by Dylan Isaac and Kathryn Smith, two members of the Walpole Island community to help us understand the important lived experiences and perspectives of the First Nation community. 

The learning objectives of this presentation are to:

  • describe the experience of nursing in a First Nation community;
  • gain understanding of the impact of intergenerational trauma and how it relates to health-care disparity within Indigenous communities;
  • discuss the crucial need to foster trust as central to the nurse-person relationship;
  • reflect on words, actions, and ways of being;
  • recognize how trust and comfort are understood in an indigenous community; and
  • explore the role of telling one’s story, sharing a meal, humour and allowing for mistakes.


  • Jane McFadden 
  • Dylan Isaac
  • Kathy Smith
Cost for Members: 
$0.00 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$0.00 CAD