On February 22, 2021, a pipe ceremony was held to initiate a journey that includes community Elders supporting immunization clinics in Regina for First Nations and Métis people greater than 70 years of age. The clinics will launch on March 3, 2021 and will be held at the Gathering Place in Regina.
The clinics are the product of a partnership between Regina Treaty Status Indian Services (RTSIS), Métis Nation Saskatchewan, First Nations and Métis community leaders, the Wellness Wheel and the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
"We’re so excited to see this program move forward, as the team has done amazing work to engage with our community, First Nations and Métis partners and leaders,” said Laveena Tratch, COVID Immunization Chief, Regina, for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. “It’s another valuable opportunity to work together to reduce inequities and better serve our community.”
Elders and support persons will be in attendance at the weekly clinics to support information sharing, screening and post-immunization observation, working alongside the clinical healthcare workers.
Congratulations to all those involved for making the clinics possible at the Gathering Place.