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Oct 10, 2023
(Orillia, ON) Strengthening its highly valued partnership, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has entered into a formal Letter of Relationship with the Indigenous Health Circle, an inclusive planning body that comprises Indigenous health service providers, health professionals, Indigenous communities, and various organizations throughout Simcoe County, Muskoka and surrounding areas.
A signing ceremony took place September 29th at the Healing Circle outside the West entrance to hospital, as part of events honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“This Letter of Relationship agrees to promote and sustain a respectful, bilateral relationship to work together to identify common Indigenous patient priorities and issues, and to work together to improve the quality and availability of health data at the regional level for those who self-identify as Indigenous,” said Lynn Monague-Sauve, President of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Council (BANAC).
At the ceremony, the hospital reaffirmed its commitment to the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and acknowledged the intergenerational trauma that residential schools have created.
“The members of the Indigenous Health Circle are incredible partners that have helped us to develop and deliver culturally safe, indigenous health services, but there is more to achieve,” said Carmine Stumpo, OSMH President and CEO.
“We come here from a place of humility, knowing that we have work to do. This is only a start to a larger journey as an organization and as individuals.”
In entering into this relationship, it is agreed OSMH and the IHC will work collaboratively:
Photo caption: Carmine Stumpo, President and CEO of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH), and Lynn Monague-Sauve, President of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Council (BANAC), sign a Letter of Relationship between OSMH and the Indigenous Health Circle (IHC) September 29, 2023 as part of ceremonies honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The special ceremony was held at the Healing Circle outside the West entrance to the hospital.
About the Indigenous Health Circle
The Indigenous Health Circle (IHC) is an inclusive planning body supported by BANAC (Barrie Area Native Advisory Council) that is made up of Indigenous health service providers, health professionals, Indigenous communities, and various organizations in Simcoe County, Muskoka and surrounding areas. Working collaboratively, the IHC supports the interests of both rural and urban-based communities, including on and off reserve First Nations. The committee members plan and take action towards the greater collective good of Indigenous health consumers and improve Indigenous health status of communities in the region.