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June Kaminski AUTHOR BIO - June has maternal blood ties to the Ketegaunseebee Anishnabai, Garden River First Nation in Northern Ontario. June is currently a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a focus on critical pedagogy, e-learning and nursing informatics.

She earned both her Bachelors and Masters of Nursing from UBC and has taught BSN nursing students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) since 1989. She is currently the Curriculum Coordinator for a hybrid BSN Advanced Entry program which integrates Aboriginal content and processes throughout the curriculum. In 2016, June was awarded the KPU Distinguished Teaching Award. She also teaches a course for the UBC Institute for Aboriginal Health and UBC Aboriginal Health and Community Administration program about information management, digital literacy, and community planning for information technology theory for community managers and health professionals.

June has developed expertise in nursing informatics and is involved in a number of initiatives to support informatics competencies in nurses in Canada and internationally. In 2012, June received the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and Canada Health Infoway's inaugural Nursing Faculty E-Health Award. This award recognizes nursing school faculty who demonstrate exceptional leadership and commitment to e-health in nursing education, and was part of a Clinicians-in-Training Initiative, aimed at improving the preparedness of graduates to work in a technology-enabled environment.

June is Past President of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment (CNHE), and encourages all Canadian nurses to become involved in promoting ecological sustainability on a national level. She feels the most logical source of sustainability wisdom that promotes ecological wholeness are traditional Aboriginal teachings and philosophies. She is Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, Editor in Chief for the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics, and Past President and Director for the Xi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society International. June offers resources and courses in Nursing informatics from her site, Nursing Informatics Learning Center and website design services through Hygeia Designs

June is working as a Research Coordinator at Arthritis Research Canada, helping Dr. Diane Lacaille to develop and pilot culturally-relevant arthritis wellness programs in partnership with Haida Gwaii and Kwakiutl District Council communities. She is also working on a Case Manager pilot project with these two communities to promote comprehensive community-based care for people with arthritis. She is dedicated to promoting Aboriginal health, education, and self-governance. She is also keenly interested in the use of emerging technologies to promote holistic health for all Canadians, including e-health, mobile devices, wearable tools, and telehealth initiatives.

bullet FIRST NATIONS PEDAGOGY SITE - The mission of this site is to raise awareness of First Nations pedagogy around the globe. The ways of knowing, learning, and teaching inherent to the traditional methods of informal and formal aboriginal education are profound and important in this 21st Century. Not only for First Nations peoples, but for all of the Earth's citizens. I truly believe that the "way" to heal our planet and save our race lies in the tenets of First Nations traditional ways of being and knowing. It is important that all First Nations peoples have access to education and health planning that is shaped by their own ancestral ways. This should occur both in First Nations governed schools and health systems, but also within the mainstream educational and health systems. This is their right. both humanistically and legally. A precedence has been set by various national governments to respect the First Nations way of living, socialization, and education. Teachers, educational planners, health care professionals and others working with First Nations education and health all need to become cognizant and develop expertise in how to properly plan initatives for First Nations people. This site is one small effort to help to support this.
bullet FIRST NATIONS PEDAGOGY ONLINE SITE - You are invited to participate in my co-owned collaborative sister site, intended to be used as a resource (meaning you can both use the materials on this site and add materials to it as well). There are four main interactive areas on this site, designed to offer easy to use interactive attributes. These include the a) Community b) Learning Centre c) Article Directory and the d) Dialogue Circle Blog.
bullet MEANING OF THE LOGO - This logo was created to symbolize conceptual meaning that I personally attribute to First Nations pedagogy. These include the circle which represents unity, wholeness, and power. This circle surrounds a downward pointing triangle (center of circle) which symbolizes sacred energy and fluidity. The designs that surround this triangle represent the four winds, swirling around this core representing the winds of change and how one can stand in their centre and learn to adapt successfully to these forces. To the left of the circle, a deer is placed to symbolize protector energy; to the right, a moon representing elder wisdom that watches over us all: she embraces the smaller sun, which symbolizes warmth, happiness and growth. To the top left, an eagle represents wisdom, courage, strength, power, peace and honour, while to the right, a bear paw represents right action, leadership, greatness and power. The eagle's beak is pointed downward, a symbol of good luck and friendship. The crossed arrows in the background give this entire grouping a foundational energy of direction, force, friendship and good relations. The colours used are also symbolic: Red represents communication, faith, warmth, deep emotions, and success. Blue represents using one's intuition to teach and to serve, while yellow helps one overcome challenges through unconditional love as well as illumination and inspiration.

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