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NEWS: Nunavut May 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm

During national nursing week, thank Nunavut nurses, GN urges

But say it in English: only 10 nurses in Nunavut are Inuit, according to recent stats

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This sheet on Indigenous nurses in Canada, produced by the University of Saskatchewan's School of Nursing, shows that the number of Inuit nurses has dropped, in Nunavut and across Canada.
This sheet on Indigenous nurses in Canada, produced by the University of Saskatchewan's School of Nursing, shows that the number of Inuit nurses has dropped, in Nunavut and across Canada.

It’s National Nursing Week from May 7 to May 13, and Nunavut’s Department of Health is urging residents to recognize the territory’s hard-working nurses.

“Offer a word of thanks and encouragement to nurses in your community!” was the government’s message in a news release.

The theme of this year’s national nursing week is “Yes, This Is Nursing,” referring to the changes in how nurses do their jobs due to information technology.

And May 9 was Indigenous Nurses Day.

But there’s a problem facing nursing in Nunavut: despite a nursing program in place since 2000 at Nunavut Arctic College, few of the territory’s nurses are Inuit, and the numbers of Inuit nurses appear to have dropped in Nunavut in recent years.

According to a fact sheet circulated by the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Nursing, the percentage of Indigenous nurses has gone down in Nunavut, from 24.2 per cent Inuit in 2011 to 14.3 per cent Inuit in 2016.

Of the 140 nurses in Nunavut in 2016, 20 were Indigenous—10 First Nations and 10 Inuit.

In the university’s last tally from 2011, meanwhile, of the 165 nurses in Nunavut, 35 nurses were Inuit.

Overall, the numbers of Inuit nurses Canada-wide decreased from 145 in 2011 to 125 in 2016.

Nunavut Arctic College continues to offer a pre-nursing program, as well as a bachelor of science in Arctic nursing.

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(11) Comments:

#1. Posted by James Eetoolook on May 10, 2018

Congratulations to all the nurses around the world.
Thank you for your support and keep up the good work.

#2. Posted by uvaga on May 10, 2018

Congratulations and a big thank you so much for your time and support.

#3. Posted by Christine Kuliktana on May 10, 2018

Strong independent motivated hard working reliable determined loyal dedicating and loving. Thank God for nurses. I appreciated each and every one of you!
God Bless you all.

#4. Posted by Thanks Nunatsiaq! on May 10, 2018

Nice to post an article about thanking nurses Nunatsiaq. Maybe next time leave out the inflammatory sub title “But say it in English: only 10 nurses in Nunavut are Inuit, according to recent stats”

#5. Posted by Agreed 100% on May 10, 2018

#4 No kidding. How tiring it is.

#6. Posted by Kitikmeot Gal on May 10, 2018

THANK YOU dear Nurses,and a Special Hug to all the Nunavut Nurses, you are all an inspiration to our Youth who are interested in this difficult Profession.

#7. Posted by QUJANNAMIIK on May 11, 2018

QUJANNAMIIK NAJANNGUAT NUNAVUUMIITUT!

#8. Posted by In Rankin on May 11, 2018

There are some very caring and great-with-people Nurses, Thank them, then there are some that are not the nicest of Nurses… Thank them anyways… they are here for you. The fact that they are here to serve you; makes them great.

#9. Posted by Arqsarnirq on May 11, 2018

Thank you Nurses…I had an ‘Angel’ one before when going through labour…she was so KIND and PATIENT…she sure went out of her way to help me.

#10. Posted by Native on May 11, 2018

When you are laying on a hospital bed in pain do you really care if your nurse in Inuit, Indigenous, White, Black, Asian, Purple or Green?

Or do you just care that you have the best damn nurse you can get.

Thank you Nurses all of you from someone that has used your services many times.

#11. Posted by mary christmas on May 14, 2018

one of the ten is my daughter, thank you nurses for you caring needs, best part is communication with inuk seniors of nunavut.

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