All Nations Healing Hospital, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council and the Saskatchewan Health Authority are pleased to collaboratively announce that the satellite renal program at All Nations Healing Hospital is now in operation.
Hemodialysis machines arrived in September and were welcomed at the Pasikow Muskwa Healing Centre (PMHC) by traditional knowledge keeper Rick Favel, who smudged and prayed over the machines before they entered the building. In the days following the first patients of the centre experienced a calm and seamless transition from the Regina Renal Unit to the demonstration site.
Smudging and praying over the machines before they enter the building.
“Eighteen months ago, this was everyone’s dream and this month it became a reality,” said Gail Boehme, Director of All Nations Healing Hospital and File Hills Qu’Appelle Health Services. “The six dialysis stations are bright, roomy and quiet. Patients seem happy to be able to be close to home and in such an inviting space.”
Operating in the space between Western and Traditional Medicines, Pasikow Muskwa Healing Centre offers culturally enhanced chronic kidney wellness, providing multidisciplinary chronic disease management for conditions like: diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, coronary artery disease and cholesterol management.
The inclusive and innovative model of care at the healing centre includes traditional healing practices and utilizes First Nations ways of knowing, aimed at addressing the unique needs of each patient. Protective factors such as prayer, ceremonies, singing, traditional medicines, and engagement of First Nations knowledge systems continue to provide hope and strength for positive change, moving us in the direction of realizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #22.
This collaborative project is an opportunity to affect positive change within the health-care system, recognizing the value of First Nations knowledge and healing practices. A Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish the partnership between All Nations Healing Hospital and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will be signed at the celebration event for the demonstration site on October 18, 2018 at 11:00am.