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

The Indigenous Health Team also includes the support of Lisa Jackson and Chantel Antone in the South West Regional Cancer Program’s (SWRCP) Indigenous Program, and Krista Doxtator and Kiona Greene with the South West Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC).