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CNC Aboriginal Health Initiative Gathering celebrates healthy living

A CNC nursing student has organized the first Aboriginal Health Initiative Gathering designed to celebrate better health and understanding between cultures.

The public is invited to attend the gathering, which will involve Lheidli T’enneh and Saik’uz First Nations communities on Monday, March 19 from 5 – 8 p.m. at CNC’s Aboriginal Resource Centre.

“It’s an informal gathering that will address holistic, emotional and spiritual health,” said organizer Melanie Labatch, a CNC second-year nursing student from Saik’uz First Nation. “For nurses, who will work in northern B.C. and with First Nations clients, we need to understand and see the patients for who they really are. That goes a long way in building a strong community.”The gathering includes a potluck dinner, storytelling by community Elders and CNC nursing students, a Lheidli T’enneh youth drum group, aboriginal art displays, information on Tobacco cessation, diabetes, blood pressure as well as traditional medicine displays.

“This is open to anyone who wants to have a good time at a nice gathering,” said Labatch. “The Aboriginal Resource Centre is a great gathering and support place for students.”

Labatch will be joined by three of her second-year nursing classmates and Registered Nurses from Narcosli will also participate. The event is sponsored by CNC’s Aboriginal Resource Centre and CNC’s Tobacco Cessation program.


For more information:

Melanie Labatch
CNC organizer
Aboriginal Health Initiative Gathering
[email protected]

Andrea Johnson
CNC Communication Services
Cell: 250-961-0067