Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre Opens its Doors –

23 April 2017

Pine Falls/Sagkeeng Traditional Territory – On May 8, marking eleven years since a vision of a healing centre was received through a First Nation ceremony, the grand opening for the new Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre will take place on site at the Pine Falls Health Complex.

Giigewigamig (pronounced Kee-gay-ga-mik) means “place of healing” in the Anishinabe (Ojibway) language. The centre, named a year ago by Black River First Nation Elder, Ernest McPherson, is intended to reflect the identity and healing traditions of the First Peoples of the area.

Four First Nation communities surrounding the Pine Falls Hospital (Sagkeeng, Black River, Hollow Water and Bloodvein) have united as the Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority to manage the centre. Following protocols of the Anishinabe Nation, the chief and councils of each community have recognized the leadership of their Elders to oversee the centre, which received the go-ahead for construction after years of discussions with the communities, regional health authority and province.

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