The CLPNS Journey to Authentic Allyship

The CLPNS is responsible for regulating the LPN profession in Saskatchewan. Health professions are regulated to ensure the public receives safe, quality, and ethical care from professionals. Excellent care provided by professionals contributes to a better healthcare system. Like many formalized structures in Canada, professional regulation is rooted in colonialism. The history of regulating professions is proven to be exclusionary and oppressive to many individuals, including Indigenous Peoples.

The CLPNS is committed to a journey toward authentic allyship. The CLPNS will become an authentic ally through its work as the regulator of the LPN profession, through its presence as an organization, and as an employer.

What does Authentic Allyship mean to the CLPNS?

Authentic allyship means being intentional in our efforts to discover the truths, develop meaningful relationships, and achieve reconciliation with Indigenous people and the Indigenous community.

Authentic allyship "embraces collaboration" with Indigenous People and involves understanding that "Indigenous Peoples are best situated to know what they need."



The CLPNS’s Cultural Advisory Group

The CLPNS’s Cultural Advisory Group consists of members of the public, members of the CLPNS staff and Council, and LPNs. The group’s purpose is to guide and provide advice to CLPNS throughout its journey toward authentic allyship. The group meets annually to provide recommendations for how the CLPNS can work towards its goals and for the CLPNS to report back on the progress made since the last meeting.

In 2023, the CAG met at the CLPNS office once for an onsite visit and consultation
about the Culturally Safe Care guideline. The group provided virtual input into CLPNS’s new logo and the Culturally Safe Service guidance document adopted by the organization.

If you want to join the CLPNS’s Cultural Advisory Group, please email

Indigenous-Specific Racism in Health Care

The CLPNS is responsible for identifying and addressing risks to the public in LPN practice. The presence of widespread Indigenous-specific racism in healthcare is proven to cause harm and even the death of Indigenous People. In October 2022, the CLPNS Council declared Indigenous-specific racism in healthcare a risk to the public and directed the organization to develop a  strategy to address it.

Goals of the Journey to Authentic Allyship

At the recommendation of the CLPNS’s Cultural Advisory Group, the CLPNS Council set the following four journey goals:

Improve the quality of healthcare in Saskatchewan by increasing the Indigenous perspective in LPN practice and healthcare

Improve health and healthcare outcomes in Saskatchewan by increasing Indigenous representation in the LPN profession

Understand and address racism in healthcare

Decolonize and Indigenize CLPNS's processes

Progress Towards Authentic Allyship

Since setting its journey goals, the CLPNS has made the following changes:

  • CLPNS implemented a budget line in the 2023 budget to provide LPNs with scholarships/ funding for education to increase cultural competence.
  • CLPNS recognized all learning related to cultural competence and safety as formal learning in the Continuing Education Portfolio program
  • CLPNS began offering reimbursement of registration fees to LPNs completing “The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness”

  • CLPNS partnered with the SIIT to pilot a mentorship program for SIIT IPN program graduates
  • CLPNS began to collect and report more meaningful data related to the profile of Indigenous LPNs in Saskatchewan, including languages spoken, areas of practice, and location to inform relevant healthcare leaders, human resource planning, and seat allocation/funding in nursing education programs

  • CLPNS adopted an updated Code of Ethics with a significant focus on culturally safe approaches to care. The Code of Ethics is referenced in the Regulatory Bylaws and, therefore, legally enforceable
  • CLPNS published a Legislative Interpretation explaining and providing guidance to LPNs about their legal requirement to practice in a culturally safe manner

  • CLPNS has continued to work with the Cultural Advisory Group on the development and implementation of reconciliation strategies
  • CLPNS partnered with healthcare leaders to develop a video expressing our commitment to reconciliation
  • CLPNS set an ideal target for Indigenous representation on Council and that target is currently being met on both Council and in each statutory committee
  • CLPNS staff and Council have participated in cultural humility training


How is the CLPNS moving forward in the journey to authentic allyship?

The CLPNS’s reason for existing is to serve and protect the public by regulating the LPN profession. However, the CLPNS also exists as an organization in the community and is an employer. For the CLPNS  to become an authentic ally, the journey must include steps taken in each of the organization’s dimensions.  All efforts made by the CLPNS are to help achieve the four goals of the journey to authentic allyship.

The CLPNS as the Regulator of the LPN Profession

LPNs are required by the CLPNS to provide culturally safe care in their practice. The CLPNS, through regulation, can do various things to support the delivery of culturally safe care in LPN practice.

There are about 4500 LPNs in Saskatchewan. 412 LPNs voluntarily shared that they are of Indigenous ancestry. Indigenous LPNs work throughout the province in a variety of practice areas. Indigenous LPNs shared that they speak Cree, Dene, and Algonquin.

  • SIIT Indigenous Practical Nursing (IPN) Program:  The SIIT IPN program is offered in Saskatoon and La Ronge. The IPN program prepares graduates to become a culturally responsive providers with an understanding of western and Indigenous approaches to health and wellness.  To learn more about the program, click here.
  • SIIT - CLPNS Mentorship Opportunity: SIIT and the CLPNS have partnered to offer a mentorship opportunity to students graduating from the IPN program. Mentorship allows new and seasoned LPNs to partner, share their stories, and provide a safe space to share and reflect on professional experiences.
  • The CLPNS offers LPNs support to complete educational opportunities like “The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness” course by reimbursing LPNs for registration costs upon successful completion.
  • In early 2023, CLPNS announced that the continuing education portfolio program for LPNs will recognize all learning that supports developing cultural competence and safety as formal learning. This change reinforces the importance of providing culturally safe care and recognizes the value of the various ways this learning can occur. Click here for more information.
  • The Complaints, Investigation, and Discipline process supports resolving complaints using cultural-based methods such as Indigenous Peacekeeping Practitioners, Talking Circles, or with the support of members of the Indigenous Community.
  • Code of Ethics and Culturally Safe Care Legislative Interpretation: On June 21, 2023, National Indigenous Peoples Day, the CLPNS published an updated Code of Ethics for LPNs in Canada and a new Legislative Interpretation titled, Culturally Safe Care (CSC). The documents set clear expectations about the legal requirement to deliver culturally safe care in LPN practice. You may view both documents in the document library on the CLPNS website.

The CLPNS as an Organization

The CLPNS is a non-profit organization created by The Licensed Practical Nurses Act, 2000.  The CLPNS is based in Regina but serves as the regulator of the LPN profession for the province of Saskatchewan. The CLPNS is governed by a Council that sets the strategic direction of the organization. The Council hires an Executive Director to manage the CLPNS and achieve the Council’s strategic direction.

  • The CLPNS has formed a “Cultural Advisory Group” with a specific focus on improving how the organization includes, considers, communicates, and engages with Indigenous People and provides opportunities for the group to lead, direct, oversee, and/or evaluate CLPNS's journey to the extent the group desires or sees necessary.
  • The CLPNS Council is made up of 5 elected LPNs and 3 government-appointed public representatives. An LPN of an Indigenous background was appointed to the CLPNS Council on May 11, 2023 and will serve a two-year term on the Council.
  • The CLPNS is committed to supporting Indigenous artists and has purchased several pieces of Indigenous art, which is displayed in the CLPNS office.
  • The CLPNS Council and statutory committee members are encouraged and supported to engage in education and learning opportunities to support their individual journey towards allyship. Council Members completed Anti-Racism training offered by the Saskatchewan Anti-Racism Network.
  • In honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day, employers, educators, regulators, direct care providers, leaders, and members of the public from across the province released a video sharing a heartfelt apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this nation. You may view the video at the bottom of this page.

The CLPNS as an Employer

The CLPNS employs eight individuals who are responsible for carrying out the CLPNS’s work in a culturally safe way.  The CLPNS recognizes that they must support staff on their individual journeys towards authentic allyship by creating educational opportunities and growth experiences.

  • 100% of CLPNS staff participated in Indigenous educational opportunities in 2023. Collectively the staff engaged in over 30 events.
  • Staff are encouraged and supported to attend ongoing learning opportunities. CLPNS staff are enthusiastically engaged in a variety of formal and informal learning to support their allyship journey.  Staff are taking classes courses and attending webinars, all aimed at developing cultural safety skills and understanding of Indigenous cultures and history. Earlier this year, CLPNS staff attended “The Witness Blanket” exhibit.
  • Staff completed Anti-Racism training offered by the Saskatchewan Anti-Racism Network.
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th is recognized as a holiday.
  • Staff are supported to develop cultural competence by attending a cultural event or experience like a pow-wow or ceremony on up to two paid working days per year.

Culturally Safe Care - Legislative Interpretation

On June 21, 2023, National Indigenous Peoples Day, the CLPNS published a new legislative interpretation called Culturally Safe Care (CSC).

The document’s purpose is to set clear expectations about the legal requirement to deliver CSC to Indigenous clients. SALPNs legislative interpretation documents are intended to assist in interpreting the legislation of the LPN profession. LPNs are legally required to practice according to the legislation and bylaws governing the LPN profession in Saskatchewan.

Click the button below to view the new Culturally Safe Care document.

Culturally Safe Care - Legislative Interpretation

A Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

The below video was published a day before National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 29, 2023. Employers, educators, regulators, direct care providers, leaders, and members of the public from across the province, collaborated to build this video to represent a heartfelt apology to the Indigenous Peoples of this nation. It is a testament to our commitment to lead the journey toward reconciliation. This video is a culmination of our efforts and a starting point for continued dialogue and action.

This page will continue to be updated throughout our authentic allyship journey.