MCK issues statement to community

Press Release

(Kahnawake – 27, Ohiarihkó:wa/July 2022) The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) wishes to address the community with regard to recent statements surrounding elder abuse within the Kateri Memorial Hospital Centre (KMHC).

Firstly, we acknowledge the difficult time that individuals impacted by this issue are experiencing. The events that have led up to the allegations of elder abuse within the KMHC have triggered an important and sensitive dialogue for everyone affected: the elderly patients, their friends and families, KMHC caregivers and employees, as well as the community. This has brought about feelings of concern, frustration, and hostility amongst some. Respectfully, this dialogue has created an awareness that there are several issues that need addressing, both at the KMHC and within our community.

While the KMHC has stated that incidents to date have been given their due diligence, they also acknowledge that there is still room for improvement in many areas. Their commitment to strengthening relations with the community through the creation of a Patient-Family Advisory Council is a positive step toward providing more community-driven oversight into service delivery provided by the KMHC. Furthermore, the willingness to improve the accountability of their complaint process through the addition of a complaints commissioner (ombudsman) furthers the effort toward working closely with the community.

On the community front, we commend the courage it takes each person to bring their issues forward, the exercised patience for positive change, and the countless effort taken towards a respectful dialogue.

“While situations such as these can be difficult to discuss, not everyone is able to express their concerns in a constructive way,” said Ohén:ton Í:iente ne Ratitsénhaienhs Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer. “It’s been conveyed to us (the MCK) that the bullying and lateral violence that has been demonstrated is actually causing more distress and creating more problems than the original concerns at hand. While sensitive issues sometimes cause us to react in non -constructive ways, it’s important that we remind one another that in order to reach a healthy resolve, we, as Onkwehón:we, must focus on working together in a more positive manner. This is OUR hospital, and we need to do what we can to support it and its staff to get things on track, for the elders and clients of today and into the future.”

As the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, we commit to Kahnawa’kehró:non by doing our part to work collaboratively with KMHC management, their new advisory council, Board of Directors, and Kahnawa’kehró:non so that we can restore trust, confidence, and pride in our community hospital. Anyone wishing to have further dialogue with any Ratitsénhaienhs is encouraged to attend either of the two upcoming Chiefs Kiosks at the Golden Age Club on Friday, July

29 th, and August 11th, from 1-4pm. We also urge community members to actively participate in the new processes created by the KMHC. The development of these new spaces is a tremendous step toward improving the quality of care and service that is provided to our community.

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Media Inquiries:

Joe Delaronde
Political Press Attaché
450- 632-7500 ext 63251
[email protected]

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