A historic agreement was signed in Fort Qu’Appelle last week.
A Memorandum of Understanding to formally establish the partnership between All Nations Healing Hospital (ANHH) and the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) was signed during celebrations for the satellite dialysis centre at Pasikow Muskwa Healing Centre (PMHC) on October 18, 2018.
Edmund Bellegarde, chief of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) and ANHH Board of Director chair, and Scott Livingstone, CEO of Saskatchewan Health Authority, sign the Memorandum of Understanding between their organizations at the Pasikow Muskwa Healing Centre on October 18, 2018.
ANHH Board of Director Chair, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) Tribal 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, including 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.
Back row (from left): Chief Reginald Bellerose, board chair, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority; Senator Margaret Keewatin of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN); R.W. (Dick) Carter, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Board Chair; David Pratt, vice-chief, FSIN; Chief Michael Starr, Star Blanket First Nation; Dr. Siva Karuna Karan, president of the Saskatchewan Medical Association.
Front row: Chief Edmund Bellegarde of File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC) and ANHH Board of Director chair, and Scott Livingstone,
CEO of SHA.
“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.”
The development and operation of the satellite dialysis centre at PMHC is the first collaborative project between ANHH and SHA. The centre has been in operation since early in October.
Edmund Bellegarde, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Chief and All Nations Healing Hospital Board Chair; Gail Boehme, Director at ANHH, and Scott Livingstone, CEO of Saskatchewan Health Authority, with one of the new dialysis machines at All Nations Healing Hospital.
When hemodialysis machines arrived in September, they were welcomed by Traditional Knowledge Keeper Rick Favel, who smudged and prayed over the machines before they entered the building.
In the days following the arrival of the equipment, the first patients of the centre experienced a calm and seamless transition from the Regina Renal Unit to the demonstration site.
The inclusive and innovative model of care delivered at PMHC includes traditional healing practices and utilizes First Nations 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.