New Bachelor of Nursing degree route widens opportunities for southern Alberta Indigenous students – News UCalgary

Pilot program between UCalgary and Old Sun Community College marries western health-care practices with Siksika traditional ways

It’s morning on the Siksika Nation in southern Alberta, and it’s a little quieter than usual in Valene Rae Bear Chief’s home. Her husband’s at work and her two older boys are in school. Two younger ones are still at home: a little girl of one, who alternately sits on Val’s hip or crawls across the bed, and a very active three-year-old boy, who wants to know everything his mother is doing.

Four children, a husband, and a house to run would keep anyone busy, but it doesn’t stop there for Val. She’s about to begin something new that stems from an important collaboration between Old Sun Community College (OSCC) in Siksika and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing.

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