Trailblazing Indigenous doctor to be recognized with Indspire award Feb. 22 in Calgary
2019-02-06 from thompsoncitizen.net
A doctor from Northern Manitoba’s Misipawistik Cree Nation who was the first First Nations woman to graduate from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine is one of 12 Indspire Award recipients from across the country this year.
Dr. Marlyn Cook became a nurse in 1975 but decided she wanted to become a stronger advocate for First Nations health and graduated from medical school in 1987. She then began to learn traditional healing, which she weaves together with Western medical practices to care for the bodies, minds and spirits of her patients.
Cook works at the Ongomiizwin Health Services of the University of Manitoba and provides medical services to her own First Nation in Grand Rapids. She previously served as chief of staff at Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and Weeneebayko Hospital in the James Bay region of Ontario and paved the way for hundreds of Indigenous doctors to follow in her footsteps.
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