A Memorandum of Understanding between All Nations Healing Hospital (ANHH) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) was signed today during the celebrations for the satellite dialysis centre at Pasikow Muskwa Healing Centre (PMHC).
(L-R) ANHH Board of Director chair, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHC) Chief Edmund Bellegarde and SHA CEO Scott Livingstone
ANHH Board of Director chair, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHC) Chief Edmund Bellegarde and SHA CEO Scott Livingstone signed the agreement formalizing the relationship between All Nations Healing Hospital and the Saskatchewan Health Authority. They committed to working together to identify common priorities and improve the health status of the First Nations population. This includes working together on health-related issues, taking a collaborative approach which respects traditional medicine and spiritual healing practices, as well as current Western medicine treatment techniques for improving the health of the people they serve.
“As a Health Authority, we can learn from the example that has been set during the development and now into the operation of the satellite dialysis unit,” said R. W. (Dick) Carter, SHA Board Chair. “They have truly consulted with the community, engaged the patients and worked to create a health-care model that is not only culturally responsive, but blends Western medicine with First Nations knowledge and healing practices.”
The development and operation of the satellite dialysis centre at PMHC is the first collaborative project between ANHH and SHA. The inclusive and innovative model of care delivered at PMHC includes traditional healing practices and utilizes First Nation ways of knowing, aimed at addressing the unique needs of not only First Nations, but also all patients in the area who access the services provided.
“The Pasikow Muskwa Healing Centre is evidence of our belief in the Spirit & Intent of recognizing our Treaty Right to Health, and is a step forward on the path toward Reconciliation,” shared FHQ Tribal Chief Edmund Bellegarde. “This MOU is integral to further strengthening our relationship as leaders in health in this province. With the signing of this MOU, we awaken the Spirit & Intent of our special relationship as we move forward into the future.”
Both parties acknowledge that addressing the health gaps of First Nations populations requires innovative and responsive programs and services which improve the health status and health outcomes of First Nations people and communities. Through the MOU they will work together to remove any barriers which may affect achieving their goals.
“There is no doubt that genuine transformation in the Saskatchewan Health Authority will come from the strength of our people,” said SHA CEO Scott Livingstone. “It is evident that what has been done here is a direct result of the strength of this community. You have led the way, creating a plan to support the delivery of dialysis services at the Healing Centre. We are honoured to be on this journey with you.”