From the purple blanket of the sky nation to the first rays of dazzling light, when grandfather sun rises to shine his light on all of his children and creation. Let us all embrace the Creator’s love. We are thankful for our mother Shkagamik-Kwe. Our father, father sky. Our grandparents, Nookomis–moon and grandfather sun. We are thankful for the gifts of the Four Directions and for the combined successes they bring that we may continue to be of greater service to you and others. We offer ourselves to you as instruments. We trust that you will guide us with the medicine of leading through example. Teach us to nurture each other, and to encourage each other’s growth, that will support the development of others abilities. Help us to be humble and thankful, and to be proud of all our accomplishments, through self-esteem and not of self-importance. We humbly ask for continued blessings of life and breath so that, the creator’s love, our love, may be felt in the lives of all we meet. Thank you for hearing our prayer. Miigwetch, Elder Hilda Nadjiwon Debenjiged, Gzhemnidoo, Gmishoomsina. Who we serve Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre (SKHC) is an Aboriginal Health Access Centre (AHAC) dedicated to providing equal access to quality health care for all Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit people in the City of Greater Sudbury, and individuals and families from our partner First Nations: Wahnapitae, Henvey Inlet and Magnetawan. We are a culturally based holistic health centre dedicated to balanced and healthy lifestyles. Programs and services support traditional Aboriginal values encompassing the connectedness of emotional, spiritual, physical and mental well-being. In meeting our mandate and honouring the ancestors and the seven generations we have an intake process to access services of SKHC. Service delivery philosophy SKHC has a responsibility to promote and maintain health and provide therapeutic services, health promotion, disease prevention, support, community development and treatment programs. We offer an interprofessional team approach to the care of the community members because we believe that health care is best when planned with professionals from many disciplines. We believe that the maintenance of client confidentiality is of utmost importance. We recognize that a client is a worthwhile person and has the right to be treated with dignity while maintaining his/her identity. We believe that the client should be assured equal access to integrated services that incorporate the unique values, beliefs and traditions as we strive to maintain a balance of understanding by practicing Traditional healing ways and adopting good Western healing practices. SKHC respects the value and contribution of all employees, and we strive to uphold the highest professional and ethical standards. We recognize that health services must be provided as economically as possible while striving to obtain sufficient resources to meet our service objectives. We believe in and value the teachings of the Seven Sacred Grandfathers: WISDOM, LOVE, RESPECT, BRAVERY, HONESTY, HUMILITY and TRUTH. We strive to integrate these principles in our work and in our lives.