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Indigenous Student Nurse Education Bursary


The Indigenous Student Nurse Education Bursary (ISNEB) is an initiative of BCNU's Indigenous Leadership Circle. The bursary reflects the union's ongoing support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's 94 Calls to Action; in particular, the call to increase the number of Indigenous professionals in health care.

In November 2020, the provincial government released a report, In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous Specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care. Echoing the call to action raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, the report made it clear that BC needs more Indigenous nurses to help foster a culture of safety in our health care system.

This bursary is open to Indigenous BCNU student members who are studying to become LPNs, RNs and RPNs, including those currently working as employed student nurses (ESNs).

The ISNEB is $1,500 and is awarded annually. The bursary is inspired by Indigenous nurse leaders. Each year, ILC will dedicate an individual in whose name the bursary is being awarded. For 2022, the ILC is delighted to name Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture, the first Indigenous nurse in Canada.

Applications will open in January 2023.

If you have any further questions about the Indigenous Student Nurse Education Bursary, please email the Student Nurse Education Bursary team at

Updated: 6/17/2022 10:46 AM

2022 Recipient: Candace Atwood

2021 Recipient: Renee Williams

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