How do you write a history of Indigenous nurses? Several stories coincide: stories about education, about colonialism in health care, about Indigenous women and work, and about racism in the nursing profession, for example. But one starting point is the founding of the Registered Nurses of Canadian Indian Ancestry (RNCIA) in the mid-1970s, an important… Read more →
Mary Jane Logan McCallum
Dr. Mary Jane Logan McCallum is Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg. Her research focuses on modern Indigenous histories, especially in the areas of health, education and labor. Her book Indigenous Women, Work and History: 1940-1980 (University of Manitoba Press, 2014), explores Indigenous women’s labor history in four case studies: domestic service; the Placement and Relocation Program of the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs; the Community Health Representatives Program; and the history of Indigenous Nurses. Her recent work focuses on Indigenous histories of tuberculosis in Manitoba in the years 1930-1970 and is supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research.