Dr. Lisa Bourque-Bearskin
Dr. Bourque Bearskin is a member of Treaty 6 Beaver Lake Cree Nation, in northern Alberta, Associate Professor and new investigator with Thompson River University, School of Nursing. Over the years she has worked in many capacities as a Licensed Practical Nurse and then a Registered Nurse. She began her teaching career working with Maskwacis Community in partnership with NorQuest College in Alberta, Canada before heading north to Iqaluit, Nunavut where she taught in the first Arctic Nursing program. Over the next decade, she worked at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing where she developed and delivered Indigenous-nursing initiatives. Lisa recognizes the rights of First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people’s health and to that end works towards enhancing people’s understanding of Indigenous health. Under the guidance of Indigenous nursing knowledge holders, leaders, and healers her research interest lie within Indigenous research methodologies aimed at improving Indigenous nursing led practice and promoting equitable access to health care services for Indigenous people. As an investigator, her expertise and research program is focused on creating sustainable Indigenous nurse-led programs that support a network of professionals to create, exchange and mobilize Indigenous knowledge in their local settings. Currently, as the President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, she provides leadership that enhances understanding of Indigenous nursing knowledge based on Indigenous social determinants of health. Lisa’s focus on Indigenous wellness includes maintaining cultural integrity of both clients and nurses in support of Indigenous sovereignty as outlined by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Dr. Jamie Kamailani Boyd
Dr. Jamie Kamailani Boyd is from Windward O`ahu, Hawai`i. She is a family nurse practitioner, nurse researcher, and associate professor at the University of Hawai`i at Windward. She received both her PhD. in Nursing in 2006, and her M.S. in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) in 2000 from the University of Hawai’i. Jamie also trained as a post-doc fellow at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence to study Food as Medicine. She furthered her training in Food as Medicine at `Imi Hale, The Native Hawaiian Cancer Awareness, Research and Training Network and created Food as Medicine training for nursing. Her research focus on social justice to revitalize traditional healing practices while simultaneously reducing disparities in education, employment, health and income among underserved and underrepresented community college students to end the cycle of poverty through leadership. For the past 10 years her Food as Medicine-based research and innovations for underserved students have integrated gardening of plants for food and medicine sustainability as culturally based, purposeful health promotion. Dr. Boyd’s program naturally imparts academic, professional and lifestyle skills to improve employability and wellbeing concurrently, not only for students but also for their families and future generations. In 2011, Jamie received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Community Health Leader award and The Hawai`i Association for Career and Technical Education’s award for her Outstanding Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program.
Dr. Nina Sivertsen
Nina Sivertsen is an international Indigenous nurse and lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University, Adelaide. She is a Sea-Sámi from Northern Norway, a mother, a novice researcher, a knowledge seeker and keeper straddling life in the Indigenous and academic worlds.
Her work is internationally recognized and focuses on women’s empowerment and leadership, in particular within Indigenous health. With her PhD about Indigenous identity, a historical biography about a travelling midwife from the Arctic, she contributes to the growing literature of Indigenous research by Indigenous researchers in a global context.
She is an active member of many academic committees providing space for Indigenous voices within strategic planning, governance, curriculum and admissions. Her research interests include teaching in tertiary settings, assessing and teaching cultural safety of future health professionals as well as exploring Indigenous women's identity and culture.
Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Porou tribes from the east coast of Aotearoa/New Zealand
Director of Ngā Kaiwhakamārama i ngā Ture and Lecturer at Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Ōtaki
Moana is a highly regarded lawyer who graduated from Victoria University in Wellington.
He was Director of the Māori Law Commission and was appointed judge on the International Peoples’ Tribunal in 1993 and has since sat on hearings in Hawai'i, Canada and Mexico. He was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Victoria University Law School in 1995, and was elected Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus of the United Nations working group on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Moana is highly regarded throughout Māoridom and mainstream Aotearoa for his measured and important contribution in the struggles of the Māori people in terms of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) 1840, sovereignty issues and Indigenous rights. Moana helped develop the original Wai 262 claim relating to intellectual property rights for indigenous flora and fauna and the rights of Māori over their Taonga.
Moana has recently co-chaired a major Working Group on Constitutional Transformation that was charged with developing a new constitution for Aotearoa based on the Treaty of Waitangi. He has also had extensive involvement in health issues in Aotearoa and overseas ensuring proper and appropriate health care and management for Indigenous peoples. This has included work with the Māori Runanga of the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation, with Iwi health providers, and participation in several international conferences such as the gathering of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA).
He is a much loved Dad and Koro to his beloved whānau and mokopuna.
Kaiwhakahaere, New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Tai
Kerri is the Kaiwhakahaere for NZNO, and she has represented NZNO at regional and national level and at international forums such as the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the South Pacific Nurses Forum (SPNF) and at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM). Kerri was a member of the Ministry of Health delegation at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
Kerri is a member of Smokefree Nurses Aotearoa and was proud to host on behalf of Te Rūnanga NZNO with the Tobacco Control Nurses a luncheon at ICN congress in Melbourne to lobby for Smokefree changes for nurses. Kerri is a member of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board Māori Relationship Board and Komiti member of Maungaharuru Tangitu Trust.
Kerri continues her professional development in Human Rights advocacy, governance, health management, and nursing leadership in the community.
Sharon Kaiulani Odom
Kaiulani Odom has been involved in the area of native Hawaiian Health for the past 20 years. Her specialty is in `Ai Kupele, nutrition from a cultural perspective. Her work involves communities, schools, and most importantly families. During the last 10 years, in an effort to expand her perspective on health, she has been immersed in the study of hooponopono, lā‘au lap`aau and lomi lomi. It is her goal to support local and indigenous communities to connect with the ‘ike and practices passed down by their ancestors, fostering healthy lifestyles for future generations.
Kaiulani currently works for Kokua Kalihi Valley Health Center as the ROOTS program director. ROOTS goal is to bring community members together as a part of a larger social network. Centering around food as a source of nourishment, identity, and connection, project activities build bonds between community members as they cultivate food and medicine, cook together, share traditional practices, and eat together in common spaces. For the land to supply food and sustenance, we must in turn take care of it. Teaching the community about the culture and wisdom of their ancestors provides a natural segue into education on nutrition and healthy living.
Kaiulani is a founding member of Ka Lāhui O Ka Pō, a group of native women who gather together to collect stories, history, and wisdom from kupuna (elders) surrounding birth. The goal of this group is to restore native birthing practices and rights across our lands in order to ensure that our children emerge into a world that is filled with the loving arms of their heritage. We currently offer a series of classes to help expectant parents open up to ancestral wisdom so they may have the birthing experience they desire.
Madeleine Dion Stout
Madeleine Dion Stout, a Cree speaker, was born and raised on the Kehewin First Nation in Alberta. After graduating from the Edmonton General Hospital as a Registered Nurse, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She serves on several Indigenous and non-Indigenous boards and committees including the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and the Well Living House at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Madeleine was past President of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; appointee to the National Forum on Health and a Board Member on the First Nations Health Authority Board in B.C.. In August, 2007 she was appointed to the Mental Health Commission of Canada as an inaugural Vice-chair of the Board of Directors. Prior to her employment as a Professor in Canadian Studies and founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, she was a public health nurse and a hospital-employed nurse.
Now self-employed as the President of Dion Stout Reflections Inc. she adopts a Cree lens in her research, writing and lectures on First Nations health. Her active involvement in several research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has her shaping the way equity is understood for Indigenous people. She is the recipient of the Assiniwikamik Award from the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada; a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Lethbridge; and Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia, the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In November 2008, the Canadian Nurses Association of Canada selected Madeleine for the Centennial Award that recognized 100 outstanding Canadian nurses. In March 2010 she won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the health category. Madeleine was appointed to the Order of Canada on July 1, 2015 and is featured in recent editions of the Canadian WHO'S WHO.
Ms Donna Murray is a descendant of the Wiradjuri nation of the Murrumbidgee River and of the Wonnarua nation of the Hunter Valley (NSW) and the Chief Executive Officer of Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA), a national not for profit, member-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health organisation. Donna provides strong strategic leadership across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and wider allied health sector and has extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership and governance, management, education and community development. Having worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 25 years within government and community organisations at local, state and national levels, Donna has strong relationships and networks within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and related sectors.