Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Lisa Bourque Bearskin

Name: Dr. Lisa Bourque Bearskin
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 250-828-5056


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Lisa is a member of Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Treat 6 Territory, Associate Professor and researcher with the Thompson River University, School of Nursing. After 25 years as a Registered Nurse she began her teaching career working with Maskwacis Community College/Health Center in Alberta and Arctic Nursing program in Iqaluit Nunavut and the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing where she developed and delivered Indigenous-nursing initiatives. Lisa was awarded her PhD in Nursing in 2014. She served as President of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association from 2013-2017 contributing to advancing Indigenous nursing leadership. Lisa has a strong passion to invest in First Nation, Inuit, and Metis, rights to appropriate health care and to work within the health care system to enhance peoples understanding of Indigenous health that is responsive to the client and nurse's cultural integrity. Currently, she continues to provide leadership that enhances understandings of Indigenous nursing knowledge and social determinants of health, focusing on Indigenous wellness that maintains cultural integrity of nurses practice and supports Indigenous sovereignty.

Research Interests

For the past 10 years she has been working as a research assistant on a CIHR funded research grant with Dr. Camerons program Reducing health disparities and promoting equitable access to health care services for Aboriginal peoples and vulnerable population. In 2007-2010 she co-lead the development of a peer mentorship program aiming to reduce tobacco use in school-aged children and supporting nursing student through a peer mentorship with Registered nurses. She has also worked for CIHR-IAPH as a research assistant under the leadership of Dr. Malcolm King. Since 2011 she been working Dr. Stewart's CIHR funded research program,Building Continuity of Support for Aboriginal Youth with Asthma and Allergies and their Families in Rural and Urban Communities. In 2015, she began working with Dr. Smylie who holds a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge. She is excited to be involved in this crucial analysis of how Indigenous knowledge is taken up in health care service delivery. As a new investigator her expertise and research program is focused on creating sustainable mentorship programs that support a network of professionals to exchange and mobilize Indigenous knowledge in their local settings.
Research Activities:
2016-2018 In Review: Co-Investigator Improving the management of asthma and preventing the uptake of tobacco smoking among schools with a high proportion of Indigenous students in Australia and Canada.
2014-2017 Co-Lead/Collaborator Increased Access to Culturally Safe Cancer Care Pathways by Alberta First Nations in Rural Remote and Isolated Communities. Canadian Partnerships Against Cancer 800,000 PI Dr. Letendre
2012-2013 Co-Applicant Popular theatre as a strategy for knowledge mobilization for Indigenous Peoples' perspectives on access to health care services Canadian Institutes of Health Research/IAPH-Dissemination event $25,000. PI Dr. B. L Cameron
2012-2013 Co-Applicant Sustainable online support for Aboriginal children and adolescents CIHR, $99,604. PI Dr. M. Stewart.
2011-2013 Co-Applicant Knowledge mobilization of Indigenous peoples??? perspectives on access to health care services. Canadian Institutes of Health Research/IAPH-Dissemination Events. $20,000. PI Dr. B.L. Cameron
2011- 2012 Co-Applicant Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: Follow-up Interviews with Canadian Schools of Nursing. Aboriginal Nurses Association Canada: Health Canada $60,000.00/yr. PI Dr. E. Rukholm
2010-2012 Co-Applicant Understanding Health Equity from the Perspective of Indigenous Peoples CIHR-Planning Grants $22,500. PI Dr. B. L Cameron
2010-2011 Co-Applicant Providing Cultural Competent Health Care: A Self-Directed Workbook and Digital Resource. Teaching Learning Enhancement Fund, University of Alberta Grant: 48,007.00/yr. PI Dr. G. Higginbottom
2010-2011 Co-Lead Creating a Network of Support for Students to enter Health Science Programs. Maskwacis Cultural College and Faculty of Nursing, Aboriginal Health Human Resource Initiative Grant: $51,000.00/yr. Co Lead Patricia Goodwill Littlechild.
2010-2011 Co-Applicant Promoting equitable pathways to access health and health care: A joint research initiative with Aboriginal and vulnerable populations Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR Programmatic research Grant: 15,000.00. PI Dr. B.L Cameron
2009-2011 Co-Applicant A Culturally Appropriate Tobacco Program-Aboriginal Health Group. Health Canada Grant: 120,000.00/2yrs. Co Applicants Aboriginal Health Group
2009-2010 Co-Lead Embracing Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Nursing. ANAC/CASN Project Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada Grant: 10,000.00 Co Leads Dr. Cameron & Dr. Caine


2014 PhD in Nursing University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta
2007 Masters of Nursing University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta
1995 Bachelor of Science in Nursing University of Alberta Edmonton Alberta
1983 Licensed Practical Nurse Malaspina College Nanaimo B.C.


Stewart, M.J., Castleden, H., King, M., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J., Bourque Bearskin, L., Anderson, S., & Blood, R. (2015). Supporting parents of Aboriginal children with asthma: Preferences and pilot interventions. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 10(2): 131-149.
Bourque Bearskin, R.L., Cameron, B.L, Weber Pillwax, C., & King, M. (2016) (In Review). Mamawoh kamawohtowin Coming Together To Help Each Other in Wellness:
Honouring Indigenous Knowledge in Nursing. International Journal of Indigenous Health.
Bourque Bearskin R. L. (In Press). Diversity & Aboriginal Community Health. In M., Stanhope, J., Lancaster S., Jakubec, & S., McDonald Editors (3Eds.), Community Health Nursing In Canada. (Chapter 7 & 14) Ontario: Elsevier
Bourque Bearskin R. L. (In Press). Diversity & Aboriginal Community Health. In M., Stanhope, J., Lancaster S., Jakubec, & S., McDonald Editors (3Eds.), Community Health Nursing In Canada. (Chapter 7 & 14) Ontario: Elsevier
Cameron, B. Carmargo Plazas, P., Santos Salas, A., Bourque Bearskin, R.L., Hungler, K. (2014). Understanding inequalities in access to healthcare services for Aboriginal people: A call for nursing action. Advance Nursing Sciences. 37, 3 E1-E16. DOI: 10.1097
Rowan, M. S., Rukholm, E., Bourque-Bearskin, R. L., Baker, C., Voyageur, E., & Robitaille, A. (2013). Cultural competence and cultural safety in Canadian schools of nursing: A mixed methods study. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 10(1), 1-10. DOI: 10.1515/ijnes-2012-0043
Stewart, M., King, M., Blood, R., Letourneau, N., Masuda, J., Anderson, S., Bourque Bearskin, L., (2012). Health inequities experienced by Aboriginal children with respiratory problems and their parents. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 45, 6-27.
Bourque Bearskin, R.L. (2011). A critical lens on culture in nursing practice. Nursing Ethics DOI. 10.1177/0969733011408048
Bourque Bearskin R. L. (2007). Perspectives into cultural competence in nursing education: A focus on Aboriginal people. Unpublished Manuscript. Author: Edmonton
Bourque Bearskin, R. L, Lonsdale, R. & Brown, T. (2006). Realities of nursing education in Nunavut : Enhancing Cultural Competence: An Application of Inuit Knowledge RNANT/NU Newsletter, Fall 13-14.

Employment History

2016 Thompson River University Associate Professor
2015 University of Alberta. Faculty of Nursing Clinical Assistant Professor
2014 2015 Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada Acting Executive Director
2013 2015 University of Alberta, Faculty of Education Indigenous Peoples Policy Studies
Sessional Aboriginal Education and Context for Professional Engagement.
2005-2015 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Sessional Lecturer BScN Program
2010-2013 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Aboriginal Nursing Coordinator
2008-2010 Easter Metis Settlements in Alberta Aboriginal Nursing Consultant
2007-2010 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Research Coordinator
CIHR Grant: Reducing Health Disparities and Promoting Equitable Access to Health Care services for Aboriginal People.
2007-2008 University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing Research Assistance
Stewart and King CIHR Grant: Asthma and Allergies among Aboriginal Youth in Rural and Urban Communities
2006-2008 Capital Health Authority Aboriginal Diabetes Wellness Program
Clinical Nurse Consultant
2000-2004 Nunavut Arctic College, Iqaluit Nunavut Nursing Instructor, BScN
2002- 2004 University of Dalhousie, Halifax NS Adjunct Nursing Professor
1998-2000 NorQuest College, Edmonton/Hobbema AB Nursing Instructor LPN
1995-1998 First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Edmonton AB Community Health Nurse
1983- 1995 B.C./Lac Lac Biche/Edmonton LPN Maternity/Acute Care

Professional Affiliations

2013 President Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada
2016 Member of College Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia
1995 Member of Aboriginal Nurses Association Canada
2012-2014 Member, Canadian Nurses Association, Aboriginal Advisory Group
2006-2009 Aboriginal Health Group- Executive Committee VP External
2007-2009 Member of the Honour Society of Nursing Mu Sigma Chapter Edmonton
2002-2004 Member of the Iqaluit chapter of RNANT/NU
2002-2004 Member of the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination Committee
2002-2004 Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut
1995 College of Association of Registered Nurses Alberta


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