Life in a remote or isolated First Nations community
Aspects of life in a remote or isolated community.
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About life in a remote or isolated community
First Nations communities are resilient, diverse, and have a long rich history. There are more than 600 First Nations communities in Canada. Indigenous Services Canada delivers primary health care services in many remote or isolated First Nations communities.
Living in a remote or isolated First Nations community is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is unlike living in any other area in Canada. The community relationships and unique experiences make it worthwhile.
- Community Relationships: ISC nurses living and working in remote or isolated First Nations communities develop strong relationships with patients and community members. A sense of community, enduring nurse-patient relationships, and cultural immersion are three features unique to northern nursing. Living and working up north provides ISC nurses with multiple professional development and career progression opportunities.
- Unique Experiences: Living in a remote or isolated First Nation community gives the opportunity to travel and seek new adventures. Many appreciate the unique opportunities to explore Canada’s northern wilderness and natural beauty through snowshoeing, fishing, canoeing and hiking.
- Internet access
Phone and internet connection may be slower or less reliable than experienced in an urban setting. Inclement weather and power outages can also delay internet access.
Each community has a northern store where buy groceries and housewares can be purchased. Access to groceries can be limited compared to some southern communities. There may not be amenities such as gyms and restaurants.
- Cost of living
The cost of living is higher than in southern communities across Canada.
Typically, nurses fly in and out of these communities based on agreed upon schedules such as 2 to 4 weeks in, and 2 to 4 weeks out.
Accommodations may be within or close to the facility where nurses work. Accommodations are often shared with other nurses in the community.