Day of recognition and reflection also known as Orange Shirt Day
SARNIA & PETROLIA – September 30, 2021 – Today, staff, Professional Staff and patients in the hospitals in Petrolia and Sarnia are honouring residential school children. A recorded greeting from Chief Plain, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, about the significance of the day is available to hospital staff along with a virtual prayer and smudge from local Elder Cecil Isaac. In addition, a recording of four honour drum beats to acknowledge residential school children and their families is being played over the PA system twice today.
Patients in hospital were provided shirts for Orange Shirt Day, and staff and Professional Staff were provided opportunities to purchase Orange Shirt Day shirts or encouraged to wear their own orange shirts. Food Services are placing orange napkins on all meal trays today, and each meal ticket contains the message: Every Child Matters.
“Bluewater Health is committed to Truth & Reconciliation and has taken a number of actions to enhance care for Indigenous patients in the Sarnia-Lambton community,” says Shannon Landry, Chief Nursing Executive. “It is our duty and responsibility to continue to understand and address the legacy of residential schools and we encourage others to join us.”
Over the past five years Bluewater Health has intentionally increased its focus on inclusivity and diversity from the most senior positions to the front line. To enhance the care experience for Indigenous patients and families, the organization has: introduced multiple internal learning opportunities focused on anti-racism and preventing bias, such as Indigenous Cultural Safety training; created two Indigenous navigator positions; recruited Board Directors and Patient Experience Partners with Indigenous backgrounds; instituted a Culture of Kindness; and currently creating the framework for an Equity and Diversity task force. The hospital’s direction is guided in part by the Bluewater Health Indigenous Partnership, with membership from the three local First Nations.
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Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia Lambton. With close to 2500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied and ambulatory care services. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, and YouTube.