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JENNA BLANCHARD (SHE/HER)

  • Program Coordinator
  • Community | Yellowknife

I started my journey in the Northwest Territories living along the Mackenzie River in the town of Inuvik. My experience there has guided me towards the work I am doing today.  I am a settler on this Land. I grew up in Prince Edward Island; of the traditional and unceded territory of the Abegweit Mi’kmaq First Nation. Moving here, I had little understanding of what gifts, growth and lessons I would receive years later that ground me to be deeply proud to call the Northwest Territories home.

I came to Inuvik working as a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Inuvik Regional Hospital on the Acute Care Unit. Here, I was able to provide Intrapartum and postpartum support to those accessing care.

During this time, I decided to go back to school to finish my degree as a Registered Nurse through Aurora College in Yellowknife. My intent in doing so was driven by my desire to offer care in Communities, as well as be an advocate with a passion for change.

 

I transferred to Yellowknife at Stanton Territorial to train as a Labor and Delivery Nurse in 2021 where I currently provide labour and postpartum support as a Registered Nurse.  This role has been both rewarding and challenging as I navigate how to bring all lenses to this work to meet the needs of those accessing this system.   The learning and unlearning I have gone through and will continue to do, is an example of my own shared experiences, stories, relationships built and opportunities of exploring this beautiful Territory; my love for the Land and those sharing these spaces is impactful in my work and who I am. I am learning that building relationship takes time, and I am committed to this process.  

I became connected with Northern Birthwork Collective as a Steering Committee member, and now have transitioned into the role of Program Coordinator. I value the vision of the Collective that values person before policy.  My vision of this work is to listen to community in this process, build relationships and advocate for the importance that all people have safe and supportive spaces to access reproductive care here in the NWT.  I am grateful to share this space with you. 

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