Why Reconciliation should be an urgent priority for the Nursing profession


  • Shazday Usmani York University




Reconcilation, Indigenous peoples, Canada, Truth and Reconciliation, Residential School, Indigenous Health, Nursing




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How to Cite

Usmani, S. (2021). Why Reconciliation should be an urgent priority for the Nursing profession. Witness: The Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse, 3(1), 12–16. https://doi.org/10.25071/2291-5796.106