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Santé Sud Aboriginal Health Services

Aboriginal Health Services Objectives:

  • To modify the health system components that create cultural conflict with First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples; and
  • To support successful navigation through and within the health system so that First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples may access culturally appropriate health services in order to have their self-defined health needs met.

Aboriginal Health Services Provides:

Culturally Appropriate Healing Services

Such as Smudging Ceremonies, Sharing Circles and Métis Services offer an Aboriginal approach to medicine and healing that is holistic and encompasses body, mind and spirit. Combining traditional health and healing practices with western medical approaches helps to build a connectedness between the two that is understood and respected.

Cultural Resources

Include access to culturally based health materials that are better suited to Aboriginal peoples’ needs and preferences such as health brochures available in Aboriginal languages, health videos available in Aboriginal languages, Métis health materials and information and First Nation, Métis and Inuit community health linkages.

Cultural Health Education

Involves Cultural Competence education to assist in delivering Culturally Safe Health Care. This is important because:

  • It reduces disparities in health services and increases detection of culture-specific diseases and techniques.
  • It addresses inequitable access to First Nations, Métis and Inuit population health care.
  • It positively impacts the health status of the culturally diverse communities that we serve.

Interpreter Services

Enables clear communication without language barriers in order to ensure accurate information and understanding is achieved between the health provider and the client. Informed consent and Informed decisions are made through communicating in your own language.

Spiritual & Cultural Care

Offers traditional healing that is holistic in approach when dealing with the effects of illness and disease. All faiths are recognized as we facilitate ceremonies such as smudges, connect with clergy or a traditional spiritual leader, and offer support in difficult times of grief and loss to assist Aboriginal peoples throughout the various stages of their healing journey.

Aboriginal Support Workers

  • Provide support to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples to successfully navigate the health system.
  • Act as a resource for health providers and physicians regarding Aboriginal cultural matters.
  • Collaborate with communities, agencies and organizations to better serve the evolving needs of Aboriginal clients.
  • Collaborate with staff and physicians to address the health needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit clients by engaging in client health care plans and/or participating in family/case conferences.

How can the Aboriginal Support Workers be contacted?

  • In-Person, they can be recognized by their navy blue uniform with the following logo/insignia
Southern Health Sante Sud logo
Southern Health Sante Sud insignia
  • Ask Portage District General Hospital staff to page or refer them
  • Telephone 204-239-2212 (leave a message if necessary)