Creating space for culture in healthcare focus of event – North Bay Nugget

Mar 28, 2023

Healthcare professionals attending a workshop held in Timmins this week learned about creating space within their practice for Indigenous culture.

Approximately 90 people attended the Cultivating Indigenous Knowledge to Create Safe Spaces workshop held at Best Western Premier Northwood Hotel in Timmins on Monday. Thirty of those in attendance participated virtually or online.

The event was put on by the North Bay Regional Health Centre, Timmins and District Hospital (TADH) and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

Presenters from all over the country shared personal experiences, knowledge and lessons on how important connection to culture can be when treating Indigenous people.

“It’s been heavy, there’s a lot of information being thrown at you,” said Justin Polson, who travelled from Timiskaming First Nation to present at the event. “There’s a lot to take in but there’s a lot of good information.”

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