Nurse Educators Collaborate in a Pan-Territorial Approach to Develop a Community Development Learning Opportunity


  • Catherine Bradbury Yukon College, Whitehorse
  • Sue Starks Yukon College, Whitehorse
  • Kerry Lynn Durnford Aurora College, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • Pertice Moffitt Aurora Research Institute & Aurora College, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories


community development, pan-territorial, competencies, decolonization, collaboration, nurse education


Pan-territorial approaches are increasingly utilized to identify challenges and propose solutions in Canada’s North. This report describes a collaboration of nurse educators and stakeholders from all three territories to develop a self-directed learning module. Northern health and social service providers have the opportunity to support communities in building capacity to identify and address issues that affect their health and well-being. Recent evidence suggests that the majority of those providers have had little or no opportunity to acquire competencies in community development; this finding was the incentive for the community development project. While project goals were successfully achieved, the development team continues to reflect on influences of neo-colonialism and contextual factors, and the importance of embedding decolonizing practices in future initiatives.

Author Biographies

Catherine Bradbury, Yukon College, Whitehorse

Instructor/Coordinator, Practical Nurse Program

Sue Starks, Yukon College, Whitehorse

Chair, School of Health, Education and Human Services

Kerry Lynn Durnford, Aurora College, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Senior Instructor, School of Health & Human Services

Pertice Moffitt, Aurora Research Institute & Aurora College, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Manager/Instructor, Health Research Programs






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