Students get aboriginal teaching in curriculum

Tue. Apr. 29/14

Health students at Vancouver Island University will now have aboriginal teachings infused into their curriculum.

The university announced last week it was adding Indigenous perspectives to its Health Care Assistant program, through relevant cultural aspects and guidance from elders.

The addition was already part of the program at VIU's Cowichan campus and is now being expanded to Nanaimo and Powell River. Carol Stuart, VIU's dean of health and human services, said that students in the program will gain an understanding of the aboriginal experience as well as culture and traditions in order to better work with elderly Indigenous clients. Snuneymuxw elder-inresidence Geraldine Manson, who has trained as a health care assistant, said she wants students to get to know clients as individuals during an event last month.