Indigenous Health and Wellness

Mural by Tsista Kennedy

Ka-Bzindaadmin (Voice to Voice)
Artist: Tsista Kennedy

The Indigenous Healing Space within Victoria Hospital was created in partnership with Atlohsa Family Healing Services to facilitate a safe space for Indigenous peoples accessing care at LHSC. This Sacred Space is located at E1-005, Victoria Campus.

 

The Indigenous Healing Space facilitates a mutual Liaison/Advisory role held between LHSC and Atlohsa Family Healing Services:

  • That is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with Indigenous communities and their health agencies, while supporting LHSC staff to implement culturally sensitive care specific to their roles.
  • The Liaison/Advisor will work with Indigenous communities and LHSC’s leadership to co-construct a plan that will further advance Indigenous health equity.
  • Is responsible for providing a holistic resource support and advocacy for Indigenous patients, caregivers, and their families.
  • Provides access to Indigenous medicines, ceremonies, knowledge keepers and Elders for patients and families and community members.

 

LHSC provides culturally safe and appropriate transitional planning:

  • To improve access to quality care through a variety of providers, both clinical and non-clinical addressing the physical, social, emotional and spiritual care needs of the patient.
  • To provide resource support and advocacy for Indigenous patients, caregivers, and their families by appropriately responding to their health needs and goals.
  • To assist in bridging the service gaps between Indigenous communities and health care providers by facilitating linkages to services.

 

Children’s Hospital has a youth wellness consultant role:

  • To offer 1:1 mental health and wellness support for youth 0-18 in hospital at bedside, during appointments or circle of care meetings.
  • To provide Indigenous children’s books, crafts, art and music.
  • To provide information and education in a safe, culturally sensitive manner.
  • To liaise and advocate between patient, families and the care team.
  • To provide consultation to clinical teams with a cultural and trauma informed lens
  • To facilitate access to traditional medicines and ceremony.

 

Together, Atlohsa and LHSC’s Indigenous Health Team support patients by:

  • Providing a Traditional lens to accessing Western medicine.
  • Supporting indigenous patients when they arrive and throughout their health care journey at LHSC and Children’s Hospital.
  • Assisting in bridging the service gaps between Indigenous communities and health care providers by facilitating linkages to services.
  • Addressing disparities and improving positive health outcomes for Indigenous people.
  • Recognizing the barriers within LHSC/Children's Hospital impacting Indigenous people and addressing these systemic issues to better enhance the overall healthcare experience.

 

Meet our Team

Indigenous Liaison/Healing Services Advisor - Dylan White (Dylan.White@lhsc.on.ca)

  • Extension 77544

Indigenous Transition Facilitator – Heather Talbot (Heather.Talbot@lhsc.on.ca)

  • Extension 77528

Youth Indigenous Wellness Consultant – Nicole Yawney (Nicole.Yawney@lhsc.on.ca)

  • Extension 52242