Creating connections lies at the heart of a new undertaking in Nipawin.
Physicians and staff from Primary Health Care (PHC), Nipawin Hospital and Pineview Lodge have been participating in introductory conversational Cree classes through lunch-and-learn sessions. Led by Rose Sinclair, a Cree language instructor from the Nipawin Oasis Community Centre, the classes are the result of primary care providers expressing interest in improving their Indigenous cultural competency.
“People wanted more access to Cree language so that they could engage in more meaningful conversations and as a way to build trust with clients. We understand we are only learning a few basic words, but it is a good start,” says PHC Manager Rhonda Teichreb.
Participants say the popular Cree classes have provided them with skills they could immediately apply in their interactions with Cree speaking clients. Teichreb believes they will continue to offer more language and Indigenous cultural classes in the fall.
Rose Sinclair, a Cree language instructor from the Nipawin Oasis Community Centre, using flash cards during a recent session of conversational Cree.