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New Primary Health Care Centre and Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre Now Open

May 8 - The new primary health care centre and the Giigewigamig Traditional Healing Centre located in the Powerview-Pine Falls Health Centre Complex are now officially open to the public. 

“The cooperation of so many partners that have made this facility a reality is a true expression of the meaning of community,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen. “This centre provides a warm, welcoming space for everyone to come together to receive care and heal, as well as a space to connect with each other and strengthen the community further.”

The $12 million, 17,000 ft² expansion to the now 62,000 ft² complex offers acute, primary and long-term care services as well as traditional First Nation healing practices. Home care, mental health, public health, chronic disease and community wellness services are also available. 

The Powerview-Pine Falls Health Centre complex will be the first in Manitoba to be affiliated with a traditional healing centre. Four First Nation communities – Sagkeeng, Black River, Hollow Water and Bloodvein – have united as the Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority to independently manage the centre. Giigewigamig means “place of healing” in the Anishinabe (Ojibway) language. It will offer all people access to First Nation traditions, culture, language, healing ceremonies, medicines and teachings to provide holistic and natural care.

“This facility is a reflection of the unity and commitment that exist among our elected and community leaders who have worked tirelessly towards our common goal of creating a welcoming place that is accessible to everyone,” said Ron Van Denakker, CEO, Interlake-Eastern RHA. “With unwavering support of this partnership, we are preserving and continuing First Nation and Métis residents’ long history of caring for people in this area and providing a space for people to learn from each other and heal as part of positive change. We’re all looking forward to providing care to the communities we serve in this bright and modern facility that unites traditional Aboriginal healing practices with Western medicine.”

Elder Dave Courchene of Sagkeeng First Nation also spoke of the partnership among communities, federal and provincial governments and Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority.

“Our vision is that this will be a relationship of sharing, respect and responsibility in supporting the health and wellness of all nations that we serve,” Courchene said. 

In his address at the event, Ron Janzen, Interlake-Eastern’s vice-president of corporate services thanked the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada for embracing the vision that was presented for the primary health care centre and Giigewigamig traditional healing centre. He recognized the support of the communities of Sagkeeng First Nation, Black River First Nation, Hollow Water First Nation and Bloodvein First Nation as well as their respective elders, chief and council, health directors and their teams. He also acknowledged the ongoing significant support of the Pine Falls and District ladies auxiliary the Pine Falls and District health foundation and the Town of Powerview-Pine Falls mayor, council and public works. He thanked the Rosentreter family for their investment in the facility’s new donor wall and acknowledged donations made by Parkwest Projects Ltd. and Cibinel Architecture Ltd. that helped enhance project construction.

Janzen also shared words for staff who have anticipated the facility’s grand opening.

“It gives me great pleasure to witness the delight of our staff members who have looked forward to working in this beautiful new facility and to being a part of the great promise for healing that our unique partnerships have created. May you experience many personally and professionally rewarding moments through your investments in care for the area’s residents in this new addition to our facility.”

Click here to read the media release by Giigewigamig First Nation Health Authority.

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