The work of a nurse in Sandy Lake First Nation is being honoured by the federal government.

During National Nurses Week and on May 9, the national Indigenous Nurses Day, Minister of Indigenous Services, Patty Hajdu, announced the recipients of the 2022 Excellence in Nursing Awards.

The four winners include Hannah Gray, an Indigenous Services Canada nurse in Sandy Lake First Nation, located north of Red Lake and Pikangikum. 

Gray’s worked in Sandy Lake First Nation since 2019, after completing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa. She had previously worked in Ottawa’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, before moving to the far north.

Hajdu says the winners have demonstrated the highest degree of commitment to their nursing practices through exceptional initiative, compassion and efforts. Nurses who receive the award are nominated by their peers and selected based on their judgment, professionalism and culturally safe healthcare work.