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Patient Speaker, Indigenous Medicine and Food – Coast Mountain College

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Open to Northern Region, Patient partners living in Kitsumkalum, Kulspai or Terrace

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Why would it be important for nursing students to have knowledge related to Indigenous traditional foods and medicine? How can they use this knowledge to improve the health and wellness of the Indigenous population in the care that they provide? Share your knowledge related to Indigenous traditional foods and medicine with these inquiring minds. Help them to become better health care providers!

Open to: Patient partners living in Kitsumkalum, Kulspai or Terrace

Lead Organization or Department

Nursing Faculty, Northwest Community College Terrace Campus


The main goal of the initiative is to broaden the nursing students' understanding related to Indigenous traditional foods and medicine and the roles that these play in contributing to the health and well-being of the Indigenous population. To provide the nursing students with an awareness of the traditional practices related to medicine and food and how we might incorporate these into our health care planning when a patient/family has identified that they practice and use traditional medicines and foods as part of maintaining their own health and wellness and that of their family. The patient partner would provide first-hand knowledge about these practices, stimulating discussion and reflection on how we as nurses could incorporate this into our nursing practice and care.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact the engagement leader directly.


  • Vacancies: 1-2 patient speakers
  • Monday, December 2 (could be flexible with this date) between 9 am – noon, speak for 30-45 minutes
  • Coast Mountain College, Terrace campus


Mileage will be reimbursed. Lunch will be provided.


Students have a keen interest in learning more about Indigenous traditional medicines, ceremonies and foods, and the significant role that this plays in the health and well-being of Indigenous population. We will be learning about how practicing traditional medicines and eating traditional foods may have been lost through colonization and assimilation. We will, also, be learning about how these medicines, foods, and ceremonies contribute to improved health and well-being in the Indigenous population. Having someone come tell their own story about their experience using traditional foods and medicines would provide the students with a richer experience that could not be gained from a textbook. The class is made up of 22 second-year nursing students currently taking an introductory course on First Nations Health.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cathy Almost
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Northern BC

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.