My name is Gwendyline Campbell McArthur of Ojibwe/Saulteaux Metis and Ukrainian Ancestry. Born in the Adhesion to Treaty 5 territory at Kississing, Manitoba, I was raised on the land, fishing, hunting, trapping, and gathering along with teachings of my paternal Grandmother, my Father Bob Campbell – Master Hunter and Fisherman, and my Auntie Mae Louise Campbell – Indspire Laureate for her work with vulnerable Indigenous women and families across Canada.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, my work has spanned 5 decades, my practice has been guided by Indigenous Elders, and other spiritual leaders. I feel like I have been an Elder in training all of my life from the age of 3 listening to my Granny’s stories.
As a patient partner with extensive experience with the BC health system, a researcher and health care provider, when the BC Academic Health and Science Network Board of Directors needed another patient representative, I jumped at the chance. This is a two-year tenure that began on March 23, 2020. Research is not done in a vacuum and is required to guide our health care systems in BC. The translation of that research into health care practices and policy is hugely important and I hope I can make a difference by contributing to the Board of Director’s table.
I am constantly aware that it is a privilege to be included in this work.