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Affirming Our Commitment to Working with Indigenous Peoples

<strong>Tracy Buckler</strong>, President & CEO - St. Joseph's Care Group affirms its commitment to working with Indigenous Peoples
Tracy Buckler, President & CEO - St. Joseph's Care Group
affirms its commitment to working with Indigenous Peoples

Date: 2019-06-17

Thunder Bay - Today was a day of celebration as St. Joseph’s Care Group affirmed its commitment to working with Indigenous Peoples.

The day began with a traditional ceremony opening the Spiritual Gathering Lodge, Nigoos-aat-awin, led by Elder Ernie Kwandibens, an Elder from Whitesand First Nation. An original artwork called “Spiritual Gathering,” painted by local artist Benjamin Morrisseau, is a highlight of the Lodge. Rob Spade, Knowledge Keeper, provided song and drumming.

Next, Tracy Buckler, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s Care Group, kicked off a week of Indigenous celebrations culminating in National Indigenous Peoples Day, with a message of reconciliation and welcoming. “St. Joseph’s Care Group affirms its commitment to working with Indigenous Peoples, and one way that we are demonstrating our commitment is through the appointment of our first Director of Indigenous Relations, Paul Francis Jr.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, with roots in Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island) and a member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory , Paul is looking forward to the work that he and his team will lead. “We want Indigenous Peoples to speak about St. Joseph’s Care Group as a place where they can access health care that is culturally-appropriate and safe, where barriers have been removed,” said Francis. He also looks forward to expanding upon work already underway including access to traditional ceremonies, system navigation, and partnerships.

Left to Right: <strong>Paul Francis</strong>, Director of Indigenous Relations, and <strong>Carla Shawayhamaish</strong>, Indigenous Cultural Health Associate
Left to Right: Paul Francis, Director of Indigenous Relations,
and Carla Shawayhamaish, Indigenous Cultural Health Associate

St. Joseph’s Care Group recognizes the importance of listening to the voices of Indigenous clients, their family members and community partners in the work that we do. “Indigenous peoples will define what actions we need to take using the Truth and Reconciliation Health Care Calls to Action as a guide for this important work,” said Buckler.

This is also the kickoff for a week of celebrations culminating in National Indigenous Day on Friday, June 21. Activities are open to clients and their loved ones, staff, and volunteers. They include:

  • Smudging at various SJCG sites
  • Women’s Jingle Dress Teachings
  • Wassaykeejik Drum and Womens Jingle Dress Dance
  • Dance and Hand Drum Teachings

For more information, please contact:

St. Joseph’s Care Group
Communications, Engagement & Client Relations
Media Line: (807) 768-4455
Email: communications@tbh.net

 

Original artwork called Spiritual Gathering, painted by local artist <strong>Benjamin Morrisseau</strong>
Original artwork called "Spiritual Gathering," painted by local artist Benjamin Morrisseau

 

       
       
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