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Southern Health-Santé Sud recognizes and respects that Indigenous peoples bring unique cultural norms and traditions as well as distinctive values and beliefs about health, illness and treatment. In doing so, we are inclusive and reflective of Indigenous cultural traditions, values and beliefs throughout our programs and services.

As part of its commitment to achieving cultural competency, our region continuously provides education and cultural workshops to increase staff knowledge and understanding. We believe that cultural competency is achieved through learning about different cultures and different world views.

We also provide education and workshops in community settings to assist in building relationships and providing a safe environment where everyone can learn and understand together. As well, sharing circles are provided to foster a holistic approach towards learning about and understanding Indigenous traditional beliefs and practices.

A Holistic and Spiritual Approach

Recognizing that an Indigenous approach to medicine and healing is holistic and encompasses body, mind and spirit, Southern Health-Santé Sud understands and respects that combining traditional healing practices with western medical approaches helps to build a connectedness. All faiths are recognized to assist Indigenous peoples through the various stages of their healing journey. Our services facilitate:

  • smudging ceremonies
  • sharing circles
  • Métis services
  • liaison with clergy or an elder
  • support in difficult times of grief and loss

Cultural Resources

Our holistic and spiritual approach includes access to culturally-based tools and health resources that are inclusive and reflective of Indigenous peoples’ needs and preferences. These include:

  • cultural resource toolkits (recognized by Accreditation Canada as a Leading Practice)
  • health brochures available in Indigenous languages
  • First Nation specific health materials and information
  • Métis specific health materials and information
  • Inuit specific health materials and information

Language Interpretation Services

Recognizing the importance of one’s ability to communicate without language barriers in order to ensure accurate communication and understanding between health providers and clients, Language Interpretation Services provided through The Indigenous Support Worker Program support to improve patient safety and quality of care – this with an emphasis on communicating in your Indigenous language for matters such as, relaying health information, informed decisions and informed consent.

To access any of the above-noted services and resources or for more information, please talk to your Indigenous Support Worker.