Rising Up to Empower Change: BSU Hosts National Indigenous Nursing Conference

Tailbi'Denzhoone' Taylor Susan speaking at the Indigenous Nursing Conference.

Tailbi'Denzhoone' Taylor Susan speaking at the Indigenous Nursing Conference.

Bemidji State University’s Niganawenimaanaanig – an Ojibwe word meaning “we take care of them” – program hosted an Indigenous Nursing Conference on July 15 – 16.

This conference provided participants with the opportunity to learn different strategies to address a range of health care issues affecting indigenous communities. Health care professionals and communities provided education on disease, social issues and concerns and opportunities for health and healing.

All presentations were centered around one or more of the teachings of the Seven Grandfathers: love, respect, bravery, honesty, truth, humility and wisdom.

Conference presenters included Tailbi’Denzhoone’ Taylor Susan, Kaagegaabaw James Vukelich, Susan Beaulieu, Linsey McMurrin, Dr. Misty Wilkie, Indigena “Indi” Lawrence, Deb Smith, Whitney Fear, Joseph Beaudreau, Dr. Margaret Moss, Valerie DeCora Guimaraes, Ashley Briggs and Jazmine GoodIron.

About Niganawenimaanaanig

Bemidji State’s Niganawenimaanaanig program provides cultural, financial, social and academic support for indigenous nursing students. They provide holistic support for students to increase the likelihood of graduating from the BSU nursing program and earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

This program places a special emphasis on establishing, maintaining and enhancing cultural identity.


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