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Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
Traditional Healing, Medicine, Foods and Support Program

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Provides a broad set of services that address the health and cultural needs of a largely Aboriginal population

Focuses on cross-cultural integration in five key aspects of all services:

Odabiidamageg (Governance and Leadership)
  • Provides a board consisting of two-thirds Anishinaabe members and one-third non-native individuals
  • Balances all committees with native and non-native members
  • Consults with Elders, Native special advisors about key issues

Wiichi'iwewin (Patient and Client Supports)
  • Provides interpreter services Mon-Sun 24 hours at all levels to optimize care planning and delivery
  • Progressing towards offering translation of all symbols, information materials, signage and other materials into Anishinaabe languages
  • Offers advice and support to patients and families from a traditional Elder including during critical illness and death of a family member
  • Facilitates a cultural awareness and training program (Bimaadiziwin) to all Health Centre staff

Andaaw'iwewin (Traditional Healing Practices)
  • Offers dedicated ceremonial, healing and related gathering and support spaces to allow for traditional healing services

Mashkiki (Traditional Medicines)
  • Allows patients and families to use a limited range of traditional medicines under supervision
  • Permits the use of sacred traditional medicines in healing ceremonies

Miichim (Traditional Foods)
  • Provides a variety of traditional foods to patients, escorts and families such as bannock, wild rice, walleye, wild fish and game and herbs, plants and berries
  • Observes and respects the traditional sacredness of food preparation (and provincial health regulations), storage, serving and disposal
  • Provides rotating menus and cooking styles (smoked, dried etc) as possible, to both Native and non-Native cultures
Comments
Elder in Residence is Emily Gregg
Eligibility
In-patient First Nation individuals
Application Process
No application process
Fees
None
Accessibility
Fully Accessible
Legal Status
(11) Other Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On August 26, 2019

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