CBC: After long journey to medical school, Dene woman aims to become a doctor
For many youth in small communities in the Northwest Territories, becoming a doctor is a dream: an incredible idea, seemingly out of reach.
However, a Dene woman is aiming to change that by transitioning from a career in nursing into medical school at the University of Manitoba this fall. Afterward, she’s planning to return to the North to inspire others to follow in her footsteps.
Leanne Niziol was born and raised in the community of Wrigley, N.W.T., which has a population of about 120 people.
“I was raised close to my family and my Dene culture,” she said. “We went on the land a lot. I have many fond memories of growing up there.”