Part 2 Lead Educator (Thunder Bay, ON)
Philina Sky's spirit name is Strong Hearted Woman and her clan is Moose. She is a proud member of Cold Lake First Nations, which is located in Treaty 6, Alberta, and with paternal family roots in Camperville, Manitoba. She is a proud mother of six children and kokum of 2 beautiful grandsons! She was raised in Northwestern Ontario most of her life and has been working in semi-remote, isolated and urban community settings within the Treaty 3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation areas for the past 19+ years.
Understanding the importance of patient safety and “wise” practices in her work, Philina is a Foot Care Nurse Educator, certified Diabetes Educator and Ontario Community Support Association Personal Support Worker Instructor. More recently, she has successfully completed the Novice Infection Prevention and Control Canada 400+ hours course. In addition, to being a dedicated educator for Home and Community care on numerous chronic disease health workshops, she was instrumental as the Lead Curriculum Developer and Instructor in Canada’s first Anishinaabe “Community Diabetes Support Worker” program, through the Seven Generations Education Institute in 2014. Philina endeavours to contribute to education that is geared to the reality of the north, which led her to the work and delivery of Foot Care Kingston's Foot Care Nurse course (Part 2-Clinical) in Thunder Bay, offered in partnership with Confederation College. Twelve Foot Care Nurses graduated from this course at Confederation College in 2016. Currently, Philina appreciates the opportunity to continue teaching for the online Confederation College Diabetes Graduate Program to health care professionals and consulting for Foot Care Kingston.
Over the years, Philina has been actively involved on several committees such as the Kenora Diabetes Network Committee, NWO End of Life Steering Committee, Grand Council Treaty 3 Pandemic, Diabetes & Home Care working groups, and various Health Canada related working groups. She also served a two year term as the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses as the Northwestern Ontario Provincial Advisor and is presently involved in the development of the Northwestern Ontario’s first Home and Community Care Network.
Philina is also known in her area as a helper and describes herself as “a gap-filler, a builder and a fixer”, and advocates to leaders for better health care delivery for the population she serves. She has been influential in successful proposal submissions, course reviews, presentation and training delivery. Over the past decade, she has contributed her expertise on many health projects for First Nations communities promoting best practices, to increase quality services and better health standards for the people, and focuses her energy on activities that promote and support capacity building and cultural competency approaches.
Philina is the owner and operator her own business "Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe" which means, 'a nurse helper that treats you well', inspired by the work of her mother and mother-in-law, who have journeyed on to the spirit world. Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe Nursing Services & Consulting is located on Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake) First Nation and currently provides nursing services, training education and consulting in Infection Control, Home care, Diabetes prevention and management and Foot care within Northwestern Ontario.