BC Women’s Indigenous Health Program staff held a first ever, open community event to celebrate and recognize Indigenous Culture on June 22nd. Led by program director Jenny Morgan of Gitxsan Nation, the interactive, informative and engaging event was attended by more than 300 staff, volunteers, partners and community service providers. As volunteers handed out lunch – complete with traditional bannock – a group of women drummers performed, delighting the crowd.
“Today’s event is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of inclusive health care practices, of Indigenous led approaches and of incorporating Indigenous culturally safe practices,” says Jenny. She encourages everyone to be culturally inclusive in patient centred care as well as recognizing the importance of and the creation of safe spaces for culture in health and healing.
Providing a healing environment is a priority and we’ve worked to find ways to express and foster that environment. To that end, the BC Women’s Foundation and the Central City Foundation joined the festivities to share the award of funding to provide an outdoor sacred space for the Oak Street Campus. Planning is underway and in the coming months, the gazebo will be transformed into a sacred space to gather, heal and reflect for patients, families and staff.
The afternoon also provided members of Indigenous Health Staff + Indigenous Cultural Safety Task Force with an opportunity to share their mission and achievements.
The day’s celebrations were complete with sharing stories, information about programs and services, traditional songs and performances and a call to action for all health care workers.