Prerequisite: Admission to the B.Sc.P.N. program.
Cultural competence is essential to psychiatric nursing. This course offers a historical overview of the Indigenous nations that now lie within the boundaries of the Canadian nation-state, from the presence and flourishing of the original peoples before the imposition of settler colonialism to their devastation and on-going recovery in its aftermath. Readings and discussion will emphasize the impact of settler colonial policies and institutions upon Indigenous health, the role of disease in colonization, and the role of traditional forms of governance and medicine in recovering and maintaining Indigenous health. This course will also explore relations between Indigenous and western knowledge systems, and how Indigenous determinants of health are linked to contemporary mental health outcomes.
3 lecture hours per week, one term.