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Jan 29, 2024
Goal is to help health-care providers make services more culturally appropriate
A new health-care initiative in Renfrew County hopes to make services more accessible and appropriate for Indigenous people living off-reserve.
The Ottawa Valley Ontario Health Team, which works to improve health-care delivery in the county northwest of Ottawa, is partnering with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation to create an Indigenous health advisory group.
The Indigenous Health Circle will be made up of Indigenous people with experience in the health-care system, including health-care providers, who will advise institutions how to adapt their practices to better meet Indigenous needs.
“Western medicine and Indigenous ways of knowing are different,” said Kevin Lamarr, the project lead from Pikwàkanagàn.
“This can hopefully begin the process of integrating Indigenous ways and needs into health care.”