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Each of the five sites are developing their own graduate program structures to align with delivering Indigenous, community led knowledge and curriculum. These development processes will be shared among sites, including course blueprints, engagement approaches and curriculum leveling. 

Courses will  be uniquely reflective of local Indigenous context and knowledge.  Students enrolling at their own universities may enroll at the courses offered at their institution and also at one of the participating institutions through the Western Dean’s Agreement. 


Examples of courses available are listed below.

  • Indigenous Health Nursing Approaches to Wellness

    In this seminar, students are provided with opportunities to connect with and be mentored by Indigenous healers, helpers and health professionals in a process of critical reflexive and transformative learning focused on Indigenous knowledge generation,reclamation, exchange, translation and mobilization. This process involves thoughtful engagement with local Indigenous Peoples using Indigenous Research Methodologies (IRM) as a way to situate oneself in relation to the histories, wellness experiences and knowledge systems of a distinct population. At its core, this course is an examination of the ways in which Indigenous Knowledges shape the attitudes and wellness practices of Indigenous Peoples, and the impact of colonialist knowledge systems on access to quality healthcare. Through praxis, students will develop an enhanced understanding of holistic healing approaches to engaging with Indigenous wellness research. Intergenerational mentorship will be incorporated to support students to develop their distinct approach as a developing nurse researcher. A process of critical reflexivity will deepen understandings of the implications and obligations of the role of Indigenous nurses in relationship with, and in service to Indigenous Populations. This seminar is part of the Indigenous Wellness Nursing spec ialty education stream that is currently under development.

  • This course focuses on building relationships and situating the student in the context of Indigenous nursing research leadership.

     Provides a unique opportunity to develop relationships with Indigenous community, students and faculty in urban, remote or isolated areas that will be sustained throughout the program. Using a peer- led and intergenerational mentorship approach, issues related to integrating Indigenous knowledge of wellness and advanced nursing knowledge and practice are explored and discussed. In a collaborative effort, students, community and faculty jointly determine topics and collaborate in organizing sessions and securing guest speakers

  • This course focuses on  further developing critical inquiry skills and embedding Indigenous knowledge into nursing leadership practice.

    Provides an opportunity to facilitate the continuation of relationships formed in Term 1 and INDW 526 with fellow students, faculty, and the community. Using a peer-led and intergenerational mentorship approach, complexities and strengths related to Indigenous nurse-led research and knowledge gathering for practice will be discussed. Both Students and faculty collaboratively contribute to the selection of topics and share responsibilities in organizing sessions and securing guest speakers. Includes a land-based immersion experience, fostering deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of Indigenous Knowledges and Indigenous research methodologies

  • This course focuses on  further supporting scholarship and integration of community-led research knowledge in the advancement of Indigenous nursing leadership theory and practice.

    Serves as a pivotal learning opportunity for students during the thesis and project phases of their MN studies. Championing a community-led and intergenerational mentorship approach, enhanced focus will be directed toward topics pertaining to the development and execution of independent scholarly work. Complexities associated with transitioning into advanced practice roles are also addressed. Community leaders, students and faculty collaborate on topic selections, session organization, and securing guest speakers to help facilitate a comprehensive learning experience

University of Victoria

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