Interlake-Eastern RHA and Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority are working together to plan the grand opening likely in May given the construction progress.
Construction is now underway on a redevelopment at the Powerview-Pine Falls Health Centre complex that will include a new primary health care centre and a traditional healing centre at the facility. The redevelopment will provide space for traditional healers and elders, an additional nurse practitioner, a First Nation and Métis outreach liaison, a medical lab assistant and spaces for support services. This redeveloped health facility, which sits on the traditional territory of Sagkeeng First Nation, will bring better, more culturally appropriate health-care services to families in Powerview-Pine Falls as well as surrounding First Nations and Métis communities. Traditional healing centre unique in ManitobaThe new traditional healing centre will be the first of its kind in Manitoba and open to everyone allowing people of different cultures to learn from each other. It will be connected to the existing health complex at 37 Maple Street in Pine Falls for easy access to and integration with the existing health care team and services. It is important the traditional healing centre is located in the same place as the primary health services to support the spiritual connection for a person on their health journey. The services will include community designed teachings, languages, medicines and ceremonies. The first nation communities of Sagkeeng, Black River and Hollow Water have come together to create the Giigewigamig (Kee-gay-ga-mik) First Nation Health Authority working group to manage program development of the new traditional healing centre at Pine Falls. “Giigewigamig” means “A place of healing,” in Ojibway. Giigewigaming Regional Health Authority’s mission is to create a place in the hospital for loved ones to support family members who may be ill and seeking care in the hospital and:
Pine Falls floor planTarget completion: March 2017Construction cost: $11 millionKey construction partners: Construction – ParkwestPrevious construction update: December 2015Design & programming: Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority, Interlake-Eastern RHA and other community partners
Celebrating the beginning of redevelopment of the Powerview-Pine Falls Health Centre - June 22, 2015
Left to right: Hollow Water councillor Furlon Barker, Black River councillor Rhonda Abraham, Black River Chief Frank Abraham, Pine Falls Mayor Bev Dube, Black River Elder Ernest McPherson, Interlake-Eastern RHA CEO Ron Van Denakker, former minister of health Sharon Blady, Sagkeeng Chief Derrick Henderson, Kookum Aldeen Mason, Sagkeeng Elder Dave Courchene