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Indigenous midwives now available in Sudbury

Indigenous midwives now available in Sudbury

Indigenous midwives now available in Sudbury

Media Outlet: CBC Radio
Posted: February 17, 2017

Culturally-sensitive midwifery is making its way to Sudbury. Indigenous women can now get traditional and modern care while pregnant. The CBC’s Samantha Samson went to the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre where the service will be offered to find out more.

Suicide post-vention forum – Journey of the suicide spirit

Suicide post-vention forum – Journey of the suicide spirit

Suicide post-vention forum – Journey of the suicide spirit

Media Outlet: CBC Radio
Posted: Feb 10, 2016

Perry McLeod-Shabogesic is one of the people who will be speaking at a suicide forum in Sudbury. The forum will look at how to help people left behind after a suicide death. Perry spoke to the CBC’s Jan Lakes about the journey of the suicide spirit.

Aboriginal support group offers help to ‘two-spirit’ people

Aboriginal support group offers help to ‘two-spirit’ people

Aboriginal support group offers help to ‘two-spirit’ people

Media Outlet: CBC News
Posted: Feb 23, 2015

Support group in Sudbury for two-spirited indigenous people.

The aboriginal health centre in Sudbury is encouraging indigenous people who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender to join a sharing circle.

Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, the director of traditional programming at Shkagamik-kwe health centre, said the Two Spirit Circle is open to all, including Cree, Anishnabek, and Metis people.

The term two-spirit covers those who identify at different points of the sexual identity scale.  Prior to European contact, two spirit people were seen as essential members of a diverse village, McLeod-Shabogesic said, and they have special gifts.

“One of them was this ability — this duality — that they could see from two perspectives. So they were often used in ways of counselling, bridging that difference between the male and the female perspective on things.”

So far four or five people regularly participate in the sharing circle, but McLeod-Shabogesic  said he believes there are others out there who need support.

The group offers both traditional and Western views to support lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender indigenous people.

Two-spirit people face the double challenge of racism and homophobia, he noted.

“We are talking Sudbury here. It’s not San Francisco. Some of the struggles are little heavier in a northern Ontario town for someone from the LGBT community.

 

Wild food bank offers options

Wild food bank offers options

Wild food bank offers options

Media Outlet: CBC News
Posted: Dec 16, 2013

For the last few years, the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre has been collecting food that’s been hunted and harvested from around the region.