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First Nations and Métis Health Services Unit in the Works

(February 4, 2013) Saskatoon – First Nations and Métis patients and their families will soon have better access to health services they need in two Saskatoon hospitals.

Work has started to create a First Nations and Métis health service in St. Paul’s and Royal University hospitals. The service will provide clinical and traditional care. Health Educators will facilitate navigation service, act as a cultural support, including the ability to interpret in a First Nation language, coordinate service and be a liaison person for those who request assistance. Elder Services will be a foundational piece of the First Nations and Métis Health Unit.

“This new unit is going to help us ensure that First Nations and Métis patients and their families are comfortable with the care they are receiving” says Maura Davies, President and CEO Saskatoon Health Region. “Many of our First Nations and Métis patients come from outside the region and need extra support like access to interpreters to communicate with health care providers.”

The development of this unit is an initiative of the recently created First Nations and Métis Health Council which is part of Saskatoon Health Region’s Aboriginal Health Strategy. The role of the council is to advise the health region on changes needed to ensure facilities are culturally responsive and client and family centered for First Nations and Métis patients, clients and families.

“The creation of a First Nations and Métis Health Services Unit is going to be a wonderful addition to the services we already provide,” says Katherine Daniels, Chair St. Paul’s Hospital Board of Directors. “This will help people feel more at ease while they are in the hospital.”


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Linda Walker
Media Relations Consultant
Saskatoon Health Region