Ann Thomas Callahan, trailblazing Indigenous nurse, made ‘lasting impact’ on health care – CBC

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Ann Thomas Callahan, trailblazing Indigenous nurse, made ‘lasting impact’ on health care – CBC

by ahnationtalk on January 18, 202312 Views

Jan 18, 2023

Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre named building in her honour in 2007

Ann Thomas Callahan, one of the first Indigenous nurses in Manitoba and a much-loved Cree elder, died Monday at the age of 87.

Callahan, from Peepeekisis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, was a residential school survivor who went on to a career in nursing, graduating from Winnipeg General Hospital’s nursing school in 1958.

She worked at the hospital until 1973, becoming a head nurse, then took a position with a health organization serving mostly Indigenous people in downtown Winnipeg. Callahan became a nursing instructor in 1983 at Red River College, and retired in 1996.

Grandson Michael Callahan said he has received hundreds of messages, calls and texts since Monday.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/ann-thomas-callahan-nurse-1.6716966

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