The Swampy Cree Tribal Council and Aboriginal Governance: A Case Study of Nursing Education in Northern Manitoba

David Gregory, Mary Jane L. McCallum, Karen R. Grant, Brenda Elias


This case study provides a historical account of the development of the Northern Bachelor of Nursing Program in the Canadian province of Manitoba through the lens of self-determination (governance) efforts in the fields of health and education by the Swampy Cree Tribal Council. Using records from the Faculty of Nursing archives at the University of Manitoba, the authors outline the chronology of the Northern Bachelor of Nursing Program in 4 phases: initiation (1982-86), development (1986-88), management (1986-90), and implementation and closure (1990-94). Contemporary implications of full partnership between universities and Aboriginal organizations are discussed.

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