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Indigenous Leadership Circle



​​​​​​As a First Nations, Inuit or Métis member you may need a safe place to address the legacy of racism and discrimination that may affect you. The Indigenous Leadership Circle (ILC) can help you identify and tackle your needs as an Indigenous person working in health care.

Within the Circle, you can work towards positive change and advocacy in a number of areas, such as the way professionals provide care to Indigenous people. The Circle also helps you participate in BCNU, from becoming a steward, to attending meetings and Convention, to running for top offices.

Over the years, we have been involved in the following initiatives:

  • Encouraging Indigenous youth to work in health care 
  • Raising awareness about cultural sensitivity and competence in providing care to Indigenous people 
  • Lobbying governments to remove inequities and inequalities in health care and social services​​
  • Enhancing the voice of Indigenous nurses in the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)


The Circle meets twice a year, bringing together one representative from each BCNU region. For more information on the roles and responsibilities of a caucus regional representative, please click here. It also sends voting delegates to the annual BCNU Convention. If you represent your region on the ILC, and would like to request funding from BCNU to further your group's goals and initiatives, please complete the Regional Caucus Funding Request Form​.

For more information, or to join the Indigenous Leadership Circle, contact the chair or Hanif Karim​, Human Rights, Equity and Health Policy Officer.

Indigenous Leadership Circle is proud to support


The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) is a national Indigenous organization funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public health renewal and health equity through knowledge translation and exchange.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths and experiences of those impacted by residential schools can be honoured and kept safe for future generations. You can read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action document here. 

If you have ever been curious about the geography and history of this land, check out the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada

Updated: 6/16/2022 5:16 PM

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