FRASER HEALTH AREA RESOURCES FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Fraser Health covers Burnaby to Hope to Boston Bar. Specifically: Abbotsford, Agassiz, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Delta, District of Kent, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, South Surrey, Surrey, and White Rock. View map.
Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APNs) in Fraser Health support patients in the hospital and community. The Aboriginal Patient Navigators (APNs) connect with Aboriginal patients and family members, health care professionals, and other service providers to make sure Aboriginal patients receive culturally safe, appropriate, and timely care, whether in hospital or community.
Aboriginal Health Liaisons represent part of the APNs team, and provide support, advocacy, and health education to Aboriginal clients and their families in hospital and community settings.
Aboriginal Mental Health Liaisons, who provide assessment, referral, counseling support services, and liaise with other mental health workers in hospital and community, are also part of the APNs team.
From connecting patients to community services, assisting and educating health professionals in caring for Aboriginal clients, to helping patients understand and navigate the health care system; APNs provide invaluable support and services to Fraser Health’s Aboriginal patient population.
In Fraser Health, Aboriginal health nurse practitioners provide safe, holistic and accessible primary care for Aboriginal people of all ages. Two nurse practitioner positions have been created to provide culturally appropriate primary care to Aboriginal people.
One serves the Seabird Island and neighboring First Nations communities, while the other serves an urban Aboriginal community at Kla-how-eya in Surrey.
The Primary Health Clinic located in Surrey at the Kla-how-eya Healing Place provides culturally safe and holistic primary health care services for urban Aboriginal clients without regular primary care providers, or for those who use walk-in clinics or emergency departments for primary care needs.
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Fraser Canyon Hospital, Sacred Space
As the tobacco burns and smoke rises, carrying prayers to the Spirit World, the sweet smell of cedar, sage and sweet grass fill the room. The sound of water trickling from the free standing waterfall calms the spirit, as the heat from the fireplace warms the soul. This is Fraser Health’s Sacred Space at Fraser Canyon Hospital. The first of its kind in Fraser Health, the Sacred Space is an indoor area for smudging and pipe ceremonies, making it easier for First Nations populations to observe important parts of the traditional Aboriginal healing journey. With one of the most diverse Aboriginal populations in the province, Fraser Health is committed to providing culturally sensitive care to members of 32 First Nations communities from Burnaby to Boston Bar. The space has been fitted with a ventilation system to allow for smoke from the burning of various medicine plants in an abalone shell to escape, and are wafted using an eagle feather during ceremonies. This ritual cleansing is meant to lift negative energy, feelings, and emotions away; leaving the mind, body and spirit feeling healed, and personal energy is balanced. Chawathil First Nation Chief, Rhoda Peters welcomed the Sacred Space to Fraser Canyon Hospital “as it offers strength to families and loved ones during difficult times.” Culturally sensitive care for Aboriginal populations. Also housing a wooden alter and seating, the Sacred Space is open to people of all faiths; it is intended to address the spiritual needs of all patients, clients, families, staff and volunteers at Fraser Canyon Hospital, in the traditional territory of Chawathil First Nations as well as all residents in the area.