Dr. Nicole Blackman, DNP, MN, RN
MIssissaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Ontario Tech University
Keynote – October 6, 2020
Nicole is a member of Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation located in Golden Lake, Ontario. She is actively involved in working with and supporting the Indigenous population in Durham Region, currently sitting on the board of directors for Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle.
Academically, Nicole has been studying Indigenous health since 2006, completing both her Masters of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Indigenous health focus. Professionally, Nicole has had the privilege of serving as Director of Professional Practice for Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, working together with First Nation communities in the James and Hudson Bay region to address various health needs. Currently, Nicole is working with the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation as the Health and Social Services Manager.
Nicole has strived to use her education, experiences and knowledge to work towards building awareness of the history of the Indigenous population and how that history impacts the population’s health today. She is a sessional instructor in the Ontario Tech University Health Sciences program and guest lectures at Trent University and Humber College, teaching future health care providers about Indigenous Peoples and health in Canada.