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St. Joseph's Care Group

Indigenous Relations

Indigenous Relations

Indigenous peoples, whether from urban or remote northern communities, have unique challenges to ensuring their healthcare needs are met. In 2019, to improve health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, St. Joseph's Care Group (SJCG) affirmed its commitment through the appointment of our first Director of Indigenous Relations. Reporting to the President & Chief Executive Officer, the work is also guided and supported by an Elders Advisory Council and an Indigenous Client and Family Council currently under development.

Indigenous Relations
Indigenous Relations

Wiidosem Dabasendizowin Walking With Humility: A Plan to Develop Relationships and Practices with Indigenous Peoples provides a framework to guide the work of the Indigenous Relations department:

  • Support and develop Indigenous programs and services such as the Indigenous Cultural Health Associate, Traditional Healing Program, as well as identify ongoing service gaps
  • Engage with local and regional community partnerships to improve Indigenous health outcomes
  • Ensure cultural competency within SJCG with the approach of cultural humility as a journey
  • Engage in Indigenous Research and Evaluation
  • Develop Policies and Procedures pertaining to Indigenous Clients
  • Provide leadership and direction for Indigenous initiatives
  • Support internal and external communications


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