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The Gritty Nurse Podcast

Jun 17, 2021

How do we begin to become allies with Indigenous, Metis and First Nation People? What does it look like, and how does it feel being an indigenous healthcare provider or travelling healthcare education as an indigenous person?

In this episode, Amie and Sara sit down to talk with Rachel Radyk, a registered practical nurse about her experiences in nursing school as an Indigenous student, her thoughts about allyship, colonialism, residential schools, missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. We discuss as healthcare providers how we can have actionable calls to justice and accountability for Indigenous Peoples. The time is now to learn and understand what Indigenous heath & healthcare should look like. 


Rachel Radyk is a Registered Practical Nurse with a passion for Indigenous health, life promotion and advocacy. She has a degree in Communication Studies from Carleton University and is currently a fourth-year student at Ontario Tech for the RPN to BScN Bridge program. Rachel uses her voice as an Indigenous nursing student to be a leader in her community and advocate for an increase in Indigenous education within nursing programs. This leadership extends to roles in multiple student associations, the Canadian Nursing Students Association, Nursing Students of Ontario, the Ontario Tech Nursing Student Community and the Undergraduate Nursing Program Committee



Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 

Native Women's Association of Canada: Summit of the Americas

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Indigenous Canada- University of Alberta

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada