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Sad that we lost our families

Sad that we lost our families

‘Sad that we lost our families’

Media Outlet: The Sudbury Star
Posted: May 09, 2015

It is safe to assume that removing a child from his or her home is nearly always a last resort. But sometimes, there are no other options. Foster care has a contentious reputation, especially with respect to aboriginal children, but as of last month, families in seven First Nations communities in Northern Ontario have alternatives that are respectful, inclusive and culturally harmonious.

Denise Morrow, the executive director of Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services, located on Newgate Avenue, said last month’s designation means the organization can offer a viable, community-based alternative to the court system.

The gift of diabetes can change lifestyle

The gift of diabetes can change lifestyle

‘The gift of diabetes’ can change lifestyle

Media Outlet: The Sudbury Star
Posted: Nov 15, 2014

Angela Nahwegahbow is a social worker at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, but on Friday, World Diabetes Day, she was a chef extraordinaire.

Nahwegahbow prepared a variety of foods, many grain and plant based, that help people with diabetes better control blood sugars and improve general health.

 

Sudbury hospital launches Medicine Lodge collaboration

Sudbury hospital launches Medicine Lodge collaboration

Sudbury hospital launches Medicine Lodge collaboration

Media Outlet: The Sudbury Star
Posted: Nov 12, 2014

Health Sciences North and Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre have launched a new collaboration, Mshkikii Gamik (which means where the medicines are in Anishinaabe), aimed at improving culturally safe and secure health care for indigenous patients.

“(There has been) a gap in cultural services and practices, whether it’s for birthing ceremonies or our journey home,” said Angela Recollet, executive director at Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, on Tuesday. “Going home means passing, so it’s about being able to have a safe space to conduct those ceremonies. But it’s more than that – it ensures that we have access to quality services for disease control and that people from our communities have access to everyday health services, which is far more challenging when you’re coming from remote communities.”

First Nations want same deal as Sudbury

First Nations want same deal as Sudbury

First Nations want same deal as Sudbury

Media Outlet: The Sudbury Star
Posted: Mar 07, 2014

Aboriginal people in the Far North are looking for the same benefits from mining in the Ring of Fire that Sudburians have always sought from mining in the Nickel City, says Bob Rae.

The former Ontario New Democrat premier, who is representing the Matawa Chiefs Council in negotiations with the province on revenue-sharing in the Ring, said that situation is no different than Sudbury’s.

Grits would offer guarantees to jumpstart Ring – Trudeau

Grits would offer guarantees to jumpstart Ring – Trudeau

Grits would offer guarantees to jumpstart Ring: Trudeau

Media Outlet: The Sudbury Star
Posted: Dec 13, 2013

A Liberal federal government would play a key role in helping Ontario develop the Ring of Fire by providing matching funds or loan guarantees similar to those offered in the Upper Churchill to develop infrastructure, says Justin Trudeau.

The Ring of Fire is a tremendous resource not just for Northern Ontario, but for the entire country, said the Liberal Party leader during a visit Thursday to Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre.

“The federal government needs to be part of the infrastructure projects that are going to unlock this great potential,” Trudeau told reporters after a tour of the aboriginal health centre where a chorus of three-year-olds sang to him in Ojibwe.