Leadership Team opportunities

If you are a member of the NPAC-AIIPC and have time to commit to at least ½  hour a day, have a strong voice and want to take part in advancing the nurse practitioner profession, here is your chance to take the lead!  The following opportunities are available:

  1. President Elect
  2. Professional Development Director
  3. Student  Director

Update: Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Healthcare System

As of January 28, 2021, Health Canada and Indigenous Services Canada had  received 32 written submissions from provinces, territories and health system partners identifying planned actions and the meeting provided a platform to discuss specific approaches.

         The Government of Canada has announced concrete actions including:

Launching the engagement process for the co-development of distinctions-based Indigenous health legislation.

Providing $2 million to the Atikamekw Nation and Manawan First Nation to advance their advocacy for the implementation of the federal aspects of Joyce’s Principle across Canada. This funding is approved and will be provided starting in the 2021-22 fiscal year;

Providing $4 million to the National Consortium of Indigenous Medical Education; and,

Supporting the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) to create a one-stop repository for cultural safety and anti-racism tools and resources. The repository will launch in the coming weeks. The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health is connected with the coordinators of upcoming roundtables so that we can continue to update the platform with the most recent and relevant materials.

Additionally, the 2021 federal budget was released on April 19. Budget 2021 proposes to provide $126.7 million over three years, beginning in 2021-22, to take action to foster health systems free from racism and discrimination where Indigenous Peoples are respected and safe. This funding will support patient advocates, health system navigators, and cultural safety training for medical professionals.

The third National Dialogue on Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Healthcare Systems continues with the next meeting to be held later in June 2021.

Update: National Nurse Practitioner Week Proclamation

Mr. Numan Butt. Constituency Assistant Office of Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament has suggested using “Method 2”  to achieve a proclamation in the House of Commons. The last email from Mr. Butt was on may 26th, 2021 when he shared the following:

Method 1: Private Member’ Business (PMB) – (Most Common, more time)

One hour is set aside each sitting day for Private Members’ Business (PMB), that is, for the consideration of bills and motions presented and sponsored by private Members (members who are not part of the Ministry, not Speaker, not Deputy Speaker nor Parliamentary Secretary).

Method 2: Unanimous Consent Motion (Least Common, less time), Mr. Butt  has contacted the office of Minister of Health to start the process on this matter but cannot guarantee the end result. It is a multi-step process. The following document will explain this method. In this method, the work would have to be done upstream (prior to officially proposing a motion) rather than downstream. This work would include obtaining support from all parties as can be deducted with the term “unanimous consent.”

NPAC-AIIPC Leadership Team Comments & Highlights


Welcome summer 2021!

The National Nurse Practitioner Association is active and engaged at national stakeholder tables. The directors are volunteers who are interested in advancing the advocacy voice for our/your profession. I am completing my president role effective September 10, 2021. There are opportunities on the board of directors. A call has been sent for interested NPs to become active for the national NP voice. It is vital we remain engaged . The current directors need others to join them.  Step up to lead.

Best Regards,

Lenora Brace, MN, NP


Communications Director- in progress activities:

1.      Update: Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Healthcare System

2. Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)- preliminary talks about collaborating AFMC has released a series of online educational modules for medical students across the country. This will help close gaps in current educational offerings and ensure future physicians are better prepared to address pain management and addiction medicine. Supported with a financial contribution from Health Canada, the new curriculum was created by a multidisciplinary team of subject-matter experts and stakeholders. They offer e-learning and talks just began to access this learning. (no meeting booked at this time) 

3. Canadian council on continuing education in pharmacy – preliminary talks about forming an alliance 

4. Obesity Canada – attempted to liaise and make a contact and network but did not hear back (April Steele-prior Professional development Director). I will be following up with this.

5. COVID-19 Side Effects video & Reason why I got vaccinated video produced Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada / Government of Canada:

6. Strategic Focus Addition: Be responsive to the advocacy needs of nurse practitioners working in First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities: health clinics, long term care homes, and nursing stations. Recognize racism. Acknowledge reconciliation.

11th ICN NP/APN Network Conference 2021

11th International Council of Nurses’ NP/APN Network Conference Envisioning Advanced Practice Nursing Beyond Wider reach, bigger impact! August 29-September 1, 2021/VIRTUAL

NPAC (Communications Director) will have a Virtual Exhibit Booth for the NPAPN 2021 Virtual Conference

Farewell (Sept. 2021) and a big thank you to Lenora for her commitment and valuable contributions to the NPAC-AIIPC

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