Gwen Campbell McArthur (Kamloops)

Gwen Campbell McArthur (Kamloops)
Patient Council

My name is Gwendyline Campbell McArthur of Ojibwe/Saulteaux Metis and Ukrainian Ancestry. I was 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 who was a 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 five decades. My practice has been guided by Indigenous Elders, and other spiritual leaders. I feel like I have been an Elder in training all my life, from the age of three listening to my granny’s stories. The abject poverty of lean years hunting and trapping left me with an inner strength, believing that survival was more than just eating three meals a day. It was the perseverance of living life true to land and to your family. It left me with a fierce ambition to use these tools in every way. Along with my Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing, my RN, my BScN Aboriginal mental health speciality degree, I also studied at an Indigenous school of nursing and midwifery for my master’s in nursing. After being awarded the Aboriginal role model of the year in Corrections Services Canada, I retired from full-time work. As well as clinical work, I am a nurse educator and researcher, having several published chapters in nursing text books, stories on Indigenous health and dementia, as well as contributing writer for key Aboriginal initiatives in cultural safety and Indigenous cultural competency and standards of practice for the Canadian Federation of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. It is a privilege to be involved with the Patient Voices Network and indeed the work on the Patient Council.