UManitoba College of Nursing looks to the bear in renaming education pathway

November 18, 2020
When the “Aboriginal Nursing Cohort Initiative” at the University of Manitoba College of Nursing outgrew its name, a committee at the university turned to the symbol of a bear to reflect the healing, strength, and courage necessary at the program’s core. The newly named Mahkwa omushki kiim, Pathway to Indigenous Nursing Education (PINE) reflects this as it carries on the work it previously did under the ANCI name. UManitoba explains that the Ojibway part of the name – Mahkwa omushki kiim – means “bear medicine” when translated. “The use of the Indigenous language in our name was very important to us,” added Audrey Richard, PINE student advisor/counsellor. “When I think of the bear, its strength and courage, I feel it reflects the work we do. Our hope is that the students will identify with the spirit of the bear medicine and its teachings while they are with us in PINE and upon graduation in their nursing practice.” UManitoba (MB)