Indigenous Nurses Day 2024

Indigenous Nurses Day 2024

We celebrate Indigenous Nurses Day in recognition and honour of the contributions and achievements of Indigenous nurses to health and wellness. This year's theme is 'Transforming Lives, Rooted in Healing, Nurtured by Wisdom.'


In 2022, the inaugural Indigenous Nurses Day was held in honour of the birth of Edith Monture, born April 10, 1890, on Six Nations Reserve. Edith Monture became the first Indigenous person to be recognized as a Registered Nurse in Canada.

We also commemorate the legacy of Rose Casper, of St'át'imc Nation, the first Indigenous nurse in western Canada.

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2024 Proclamation

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2024 Photo Gallery

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Celebrating Indigenous Nursing

In honour of Indigenous Nurses Day and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Indigenous nursing to community health and wellness, we invite you to share your thoughts and stories with us! Let us know about your journey as an Indigenous nurse, what it means to be grounded in Indigenous nursing and Traditional Knowledge, or anything else you’d like to share about the importance of health and wellness in your practice and community.

This campaign is open to all Indigenous nurses (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) of all designations (LPN, NP, RN and RPN).

Share your story

Share your story in any of the following formats:

  • Artwork
  • Photography
  • Poetry/Written work
  • Sound/Video recording (max. 3 minutes)
  • Anything else!

All submissions will be featured on the Indigenous Nurses Day 2024 page – check back regularly as new submissions are posted!

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Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture

Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture was born April 10, 1890 on the Six Nations Reserve. She became the first Indigenous person in Canada to be recognized as registered nurse, served in World War 1, and became the first Indigenous woman to vote as a result of the Military Voters Act of 1917. In 1960, when all Indigenous Peoples gained the right to vote, her home served as a polling station helping to enfranchise Indigenous voters. Edith passed away in 1996, the same year the last Indian Hospital and Residential Schools officially closed in Canada. We honour her birth, legacy and advocacy on this historic day.
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Rose Casper

Rose Casper of the St'at'imc Nation was the first Indigenous nurse in Western Canada. She attended the Kamloops Indian Residential School and was among the first students to enter high school, graduating in 1952. In 1955 Rose graduated from the St. Josephs School of Nursing located in Victoria, BC. Rose worked in her home community of Shalalth as a nurse for over 50 years. To honour her legacy and service to her community, the Rose Casper Healing Centre was opened in Shalalth in 2003. The Centre remains a fixture in the community offering wellness services that are both traditional and contemporary.