Sudbury hospital launches Medicine Lodge collaboration

Media Outlet: The Sudbury Star
Posted: Nov 12, 2014

Health Sciences North and Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre have launched a new collaboration, Mshkikii Gamik (which means where the medicines are in Anishinaabe), aimed at improving culturally safe and secure health care for indigenous patients.

“(There has been) a gap in cultural services and practices, whether it’s for birthing ceremonies or our journey home,” said Angela Recollet, executive director at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, on Tuesday. “Going home means passing, so it’s about being able to have a safe space to conduct those ceremonies. But it’s more than that – it ensures that we have access to quality services for disease control and that people from our communities have access to everyday health services, which is far more challenging when you’re coming from remote communities.”