Canada, United States, France discussed on Stuff Mom Never Told You


A university degree or became a professional like a doctor or lawyer. Lose their status as indian. Enfranchisement meant that indigenous peoples have to throw away their cultural illegal identities and couldn't pass along their indian status to their children. So i should. People were enfranchised for getting university education. They also work for things like serving the canadian armed forces for marrying non indian men and for leaving reserves for long periods North and. I'd also like to just call out. That indigenous peoples have also had always had their own caregiving practices in their own communities. So i don't wanna make. It seem like the history of indigenous healers and canada's starts with edith mom tour like she's one part of the long history of healing practices within indigenous communities in also of like in a line of indigenous nurses and people who acted as mitt lives in all these sort of different caretaking. There's also accounts of indigenous women who served as nurses and midwives to colonizer. So it's not like she is the beginning of all of this conversation but she is a pioneer in in the history of indigenous women who nursed in this way in canada. Any united states. Because she's as we'll get into. She was in the united states for a bit came to united states. But on top of the assimilating policies. Suppressing indigenous healing practices indigenous. Women were also largely bar from nursing programs in canada until the early to mid nineteen hundreds so monterey herself was bar from pursuing professional training in canada she was rejected from schools. Without even getting interviews and so many indigenous woman would go to the us to get professional training. So that's exactly what she did. She turn to the united states where she was accepted to and began attending new rochelle nursing school in new york. She graduated and became a registered nurse in nineteen fourteen. Which is the first so. She became the first indigenous woman. Who's a registered nurse in canada. So when she was asked why she became a nurse she just said it was something to do the way that it seems like it's been explained by family members that like kinda downplay her achievements in like things her status as a pioneer. You know so yes. She was then hired as a nurse at a private school in new rochelle and she joined the war effort world war one in nineteen seventeen and in that she joined the west chester county. Unit of the american expeditionary forces army medical corps so after more training in new york she left for france in february of nineteen eighteen. C- stopped in halifax nova scotia and she arrived in france on march sixth. So just for some numbers. During world war wind. There were more than twenty eight hundred nurses. Who served in the canadian. Rv medical gore or the amc. So service in this. Emc required women to be white to have british citizenship in quote unquote high moral character. Physical fitness and to be between the ages of twenty one and thirty eight so a number of indigenous women did serve as nurses in the army nurse corps and the american red cross stateside and overseas in france. During the war there are twelve indigenous women who have been identified as doing so but more is thought that more of them did actually serve is just that the record keeping isn't there for those people were but as we can imagine like they were definitely definitely more. Yeah so edith. Volunteered and worked as a nurse at base hospital twenty-three mvp tail france for more than a year. She was responsible for training soldiers. Who were shot or gassed. And she sometimes worked at other medical centers in france as well which you mentioned earlier that samantha. You read some of her diary entries. Yeah she kept a journal. What did you read so essentially. I've only got a little bit. But it kinda res as if it's like a nineteen twenty nineteen ten's kind of movie when you're in new york and living that live. He talks about getting leg gambles Guys about going to hobo good going out with friends writing letters to people saying farewell so she was prepping while working there prepping to leave. Apparently from what. I gather. Because i started in nineteen eighteen. The diary was actually headed down through family and her daughter. Helen who she also has a friend named helen. In the diary you read the her daughter. Helen kept it and preserved it and it was so fragile that they actually did off to have typed up and they give it to all of the descendants all of her descendants so they could have a copy to see what it was like. I saw that they sit up to the modern literature and culture research center in toronto as well. Yes the thing that. I really like about this. Of course as you already now like the just reading these people stories in the fact that some people had the like the thought or just interested in recording their own stories which we have from her which. I'm just grateful for because she had a diary that we even have access to. She didn't have to do that right but it was her. It was just before she died when her granddaughter transcribed the diary and thankfully they did make it available to us the portions that they did make bailable but it was. She died not long after lived a long time by the way what shit illinois live. Yeah yeah but the diary is yeah. It's really cool to see like i. I like how much she talked about the weather which she's talking about much day beautiful. The hand cloudy day. And i love. I also liked how she was like. Nothing happens day uneventful cards. I wrote letters. Yeah i get that. I stated i'm glad to know that. I'm not the only one someone who made so much history just holiday where they just stayed in it me feel a little wartime uneventful. Didn't do it was cloudy today. Yeah i do like how mundane it is just to. you know. Go through that kind of day by day with our. Even though every day isn't in there he said it started. Her entries began in january of nineteen eighteen in the ended.

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