SARNIA & PETROLIA – May 23, 2019 – In response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and to enhance knowledge to strengthen patient care, Bluewater Health is hosting a learning session today, called “I Am Affected: Witnessing Individual Indigenous Stories.”
The session features stories from two local survivors who illustrate the impact the Canadian Indian Residential School System and the “Sixties Scoop” continue to have on Indigenous people today. More than 55 hospital staff and community members are attending as part of the hospital’s efforts to increase awareness of issues affecting Indigenous communities.
“Understanding the collective trauma related to these historical events will help us enhance the care experience of local Indigenous patients and families,” says Nikki George, Indigenous Patient Navigator, Bluewater Health. “Bluewater Health and its partners are working to identify and address barriers to moving through the healthcare system in a culturally safe and relevant manner.”
Partners include the Sarnia Lambton Native Friendship Centre, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, Pathways Health Centre for Children, St. Clair Child & Youth Services, Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Stony & Kettle Point First Nation, North Lambton Community Health Centre and Lambton Kent District School Board.
Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. Bluewater Health’s Mission is: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.
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