Discover how the Faculty of Nursing is using creative initiatives to ensure Indigenous peoples are receiving health care that protects and empowers their unique cultural identity.
At this family-friendly event, you will get an interactive introduction to Treaty 7 cultures, including a performance from Dallas Arcand, world-champion hoop dancer, and then a choice of one of the following two breakout sessions:
- Health Practice — Elder Bryan Little Chief, a Siksika spiritual leader, will lead an interactive talk about Indigenous health traditions.
- Geography and History — Explore pre-contact Turtle Island (Canada)! You will be guided through an interactive floor map to learn more about Indigenous and settler relations.
Perfect for families!
Meet the Presenter:
Dallas Arcand is a multitalented artist who claimed the world’s attention with his astonishing hoop dancing at the 2010 Winter Olympic opening ceremonies. Dallas (“Dancing Buffalo Man” [Nimihto Paskwa Mostôs Napew]) is a three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Cree Nation near Edmonton and is also a motivational speaker, storyteller and musician. He has been a hoop and Indigenous dancer for more than two decades, with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary including: Fancy, Grass, Jigging and breakdancing.
From an early age, Dallas has exercised his artistic talents through Pow-Wow, hip-hop and Métis music, playing Aboriginal acoustic instruments like the flute. He is strongly influenced by his belief in Aboriginal spirituality and traditional teachings. A graduate of Mount Royal University with a diploma in behavioural sciences, Dallas delights in sharing his culture through these athletic and creative art forms.
Heather Bensler, BN’97, MSN, RN
Director of Indigenous Initiatives, Faculty of Nursing
Heather Bensler joined the Faculty of Nursing in August 2017 as a tenure-track instructor and the director of Indigenous Initiatives, with a focus on faculty and curriculum development. This includes finding innovative and impactful ways to integrate Indigenous history into the curriculum through activities such as the blanket exercise and the newly created floor map exercise. Previous teaching experience included teaching Maternal Newborn, Community, Pathophysiology and Health Promotion at the School of Nursing at Mount Royal University. Heather has worked in the South American jungle developing medical training programs with Indigenous leaders that continue to be used in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. Heather is passionate about global health, obstetrics and nursing education. During her graduate work at Trinity Western University, Heather was the knowledge-translation lead for a unit-wide obstetrics quality improvement project where she continues to practice.