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Redevelopment of Powerview-Pine Falls Health Centre Complex

Official opening - Monday, May 8

The morning ceremony, by invitation only, will commence at the Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre by the waiting room and café with a smudge, water and pipe ceremony. This will be followed by presentations from participants, closing prayers and a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

In respect of tradition, attendees are requested to remain until closing prayer conclusion scheduled for noon. No photo or video allowed during ceremonies.

Community Celebration - Open to all 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In the afternoon, a community feast will be held at the Sagkeeng Arena Multiplex with entertainment from local musicians and catered food. Facility tours will also be offered.

Construction Updates

Pine Falls floor plan

Grand opening: May 8, 2017

Interlake-Eastern RHA and Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority worked together to plan the official opening.

February 2017

  • Construction substantial completion: first week of March
  • Cleaning, deficiencies and furniture and equipment installation completion: early April
  • Clinic move date: tentatively in early May

July 2016

 Pine Falls June 2016

April 2016


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 Manitoba
The 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: 

  • Offer a place where family can prepare traditional meals and medicine for loved ones in the hospital 
  • Provide access to First Nations traditions, culture, language, healing ceremonies, medicines, and teachings to provide holistic and natural care for all people 
  • Assist community members to coordinate spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical care that meets their needs 
  • Inspire a new standard of quality health care, and advocate for greater accountability to honour the Treaty Right to health through the jointly coordinated services of Giigewigamig, the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, the Province of Manitoba and Health Canada.

Construction Highlights

Target completion: March 2017
Construction cost: $11 million
Key construction partners: Construction – Parkwest
Previous construction update: December 2015

Design & programming: Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority, Interlake-Eastern RHA and other community partners

  • New primary health care space so that all the physicians in clinic and other primary health care providers (such as mental health, public health, home care, wellness) can be co-located out of the same setting 
  • New traditional healing space so that clients have a large ceremonial room to help offer spiritual wellness with their physical health care 
  • New family spaces so that clients and their families have a private space to gather when their loved one is with us in our hospital for palliative care 
  • New spaces for counselling and for spiritual healers from all faiths 
  • A new kitchen space to support nutritional education, traditional healing and other services for clients


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 

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