"Partners in the Learning Circles for Aboriginal Nursing (LCAN) on Vancouver Island are actively engaged in creating culturally safe learning environments for students, nurses and clients; building culturally safe practice environments; and, participating in research to ensure culturally safe/competent nursing practice in collaboration with Aboriginal communities." ~ Victoria Smye RN, PhD

Learning Circles for Aboriginal Nursing (LCAN) is a collaboration of working professionals, Aboriginal Health Authorities, Aboriginal Organizations, and Schools of Nursing, who have come together to link Vancouver Islands First Nation communities in contributing to the wellness of Aboriginal people, to support those entering the health care profession and those already participating in the provision of service.

Over the past five years The Learning Circles for Aboriginal Nursing (LCAN) has been developing a network of people and organizations dedicated to working towards excellence in Aboriginal Nursing on Vancouver Island. We recognize the need to influence the nursing practice environment and education environment to reflect and value aboriginal people’s values beliefs and cultural protocols in our area.  The LCAN group is an existing partnership of signatory organizations that is committed to expanding the network of individuals and organizations that are involved in working towards our common Vision. In 2006 an MOU was signed between the educational and First Nations Health organizations on Vancouver Island, formalizing the commitment to a common set of goals. These goals have been recently updated and revised by the LCAN working group.  Read "Our Purpose"

MOU Signatories

Camosun Collegewww.camosun .bc.ca
Cowichan Tribeswww.cowichantribes.com
Kwakiutl District Councilwww.kwakiutldistrictcouncil.com
Malaspina University-Collegewww.mala.bc.ca
North Island Collegewww.nic.bc.ca
Nuu chah nulth Tribal Councilwww.nuuchahnulth.org
Nursing Program
Sh’ulh-etun Health Societywww.vifn-ehealth.ca
“Namqis Health Centrewww.namgis.bc.ca
Sh’ulh-etun Health Societywww.vifn-ehealth.ca
Ts’ewulhtun Health Centre,
Cowichan Tribeswww.cowichantribes.com
University of Victoriawww.uvic.ca
Vancouver Island Health Authority