A Thompson Rivers University professor has been appointed to the B.C.’s First Nations Health Authority board of governors to represent the Interior region.
Sheila Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, is an associate teaching professor at the TRU’s School of Nursing who is currently working on her PhD.
Her research interests include Indigenous health, workplace bullying and community and occupational health.
Blackstock has more than 32 years of nursing experience, working in leadership positions and in rural and regional Indigenous nursing practice in specialty areas, community health and occupational health nursing.
She is a founding member of TRU’s Indigenous Health Nursing Committee and its first chair, where she has directed the work of promoting Indigenous nursing education and curriculum development in partnership with Indigenous communities.
The First Nations Health Authority board of directors provides leadership and oversight for the activities of the FNHA. The board membership provides years of experience in First Nations health, community development, financial management and political expertise at all levels of government.