Each interprofessional team includes a Cultural Coordinator who supports it to balance traditional and contemporary health care in a variety of ways. They do this by organizing and carrying out activities, linking with elders, healers, and cultural resources, and advising management and coworkers on policy and process issues.
Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig continues to grow and expand it’s programs and services to promote mino-bimaadiziwin!! As we know, there are many difficulties that those who are underhoused face in their day to day lives. A Supportive Housing Program will not only enable a safe space for Indigenous housing and community purposes, but it is also in line with our mission to foster health and wellness. Having a place to call home is important in eliminating the social determinants of health which can provide lasing wholistic benefits to the community and to the clients utilizing the service.
This program will use a cultural approach to help people attain housing. With an Indigenous approach, cultural assessments, and medicine wheel teachings, we hope to guide and help those in our program through their healing journey by providing safe housing. The program will also provide referrals to partner organizations. The Supportive Housing Program will operate in a 24/7 format with shift work included in many of the new positions.
Traditional teachings and practices about all aspects of good life and good health, such as:
Exploring land-based practices, including:
Ensuring that all WNHAC services reflect the worldview of the people we serve.
Regular traditional clinics are coordinated to make visiting healers and practitioners available to people who wish to access traditional healing.
Regular sweat lodge ceremonies are also available every Wednesday. See our events calendar for more information!
Provide cross cultural education and awareness of traditional health practices to enhance culturally safe care among local agencies and institutions.
Arrange access to culture-based care including ceremonies by facilitation linkages and referrals to traditional healers and knowledge keepers.
Provide or arrange access to language interpretation for people who want assistance communicating their needs and wishes, or understanding medical terminology and care recommendations.