Nurses' testimonials: rewards of living in a remote and/or isolated community

Working in remote and/or isolated First Nations communities can be very rewarding for nurses. Read firsthand experiences from nurses about what they like most about living in remote and/or First Nations communities

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Deborah Kanate

Love Badu, Kashechewan, Ontario

The north brings you close to nature. The northern lights are amazing--you can't beat the sights for anything. In my spare time I take part in all kinds of outdoor activities. I enjoy the thought of the amount of money you don't spend. I love the snow, the scenery and the winter activities. I love snowshoeing, skating (indoor and outdoor arenas in Kash), ice fishing and cross country skiing. There are fishing derbies and summer fishing. Community members invite you for moose hunting in the fall and it's a chance to integrate with the community.

Wendy Webb, York Landing, Manitoba

I truly enjoy living in the north. I enjoy the scenery, the clean clear air and the ability to walk outside into a rich and rugged environment. You can go fishing 5 minutes from home. I find it invigorating. Seeing the people you know as you walk down the road adds to the feeling of belonging.

Above all, I enjoy the northern people. The culture is rich, and the people are endearing and welcoming. This culture has incredible wisdom and it is passed on in a very unassuming and humble manner.

Christianne Hawken, Cross Lake, Manitoba

I love the opportunity to bear witness to the traditions and ceremonies of the Cree people of Cross Lake. I have been invited to participate in activities despite the fact that I am not of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation. I also love the landscape and the wilderness. The sky is ever changing, fluid and dynamic. There are endless opportunities for outdoor activities. You can go cross-country skiing through the bush in winter or walk along the lake and fish in the summer. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues and community members with a strong sense of community and family.

Alison Lynch, South Indian Lake, Manitoba

I love the long summer evenings. I love being close to nature. I love the wonderful sense of humour the people in the community have. I love being able to sit and chat with people about everyday things. We chat about berry picking, the state of the fishing industry, and the state of the community, country and world. I like to talk to them about their lives and mine.

Deborah Kanate, Round Lake, Ontario

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy while living and working in northern Ontario. We are surrounded by beautiful forests and lakes. Fishing is good all year round. Nurses are encouraged to participate in community activities such as community feasts and activities.

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