Ann Thomas Callahan, trailblazing Indigenous nurse, made ‘lasting impact’ on health care – CBC

Jan 18, 2023

Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre named building in her honour in 2007

Ann Thomas Callahan, one of the first Indigenous nurses in Manitoba and a much-loved Cree elder, died Monday at the age of 87.

Callahan, from Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, was a residential school survivor who went on to a career in nursing, graduating from Winnipeg General Hospital’s nursing school in 1958.

She worked at the hospital until 1973, becoming a head nurse, then took a position with a health organization serving mostly Indigenous people in downtown Winnipeg. Callahan became a nursing instructor in 1983 at Red River College, and retired in 1996.

Grandson Michael Callahan said he has received hundreds of messages, calls and texts since Monday.

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