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Indigenous Health

We are a culturally diverse region with our indigenous populations comprising of close to 30 percent of the region’s residents inclusive of 17 First Nation communities. 

We are committed to working with our indigenous populations to identify health care concerns and collectively implement effective and sustainable solutions.

 A National Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support to former students. This 24-Hour Crisis Line can be accessed at: 1-866-925-4419.

Labs will remain open on September 30. Although some clinics will be closed that day due to the decision not to book patients, IERHA will not be cancelling any previously booked appointments.

Manitoba to Recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30

September 30 has been designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday in recognition of the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. The history of this day builds upon the important work of the Orange Shirt Society and the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. It is a day to witness, recognize and honour Indigenous victims and survivors of the residential school legacy and inform further action in the spirit of reconciliation.
Across Manitoba we offer health care services on the original lands of First Nations, Inuit and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We dedicate ourselves to collaborate in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in the spirit of reconciliation and to the creation of health care environments that are safe, accessible and equitable for the populations we serve.
What we are doing:

One of our six strategic goals is: Indigenous and vulnerable populations - We will work to improve access, health outcomes and reduce health disparities.

IERHA has included an Indigenous Health Strategy in our Strategic Plan

IERHA realizes the need to change the view of Indigenous health within the region and understand the resiliency of this population as a key foundation on which to improve Indigenous health outcomes. The purpose of the Indigenous Health Strategy is to guide the Interlake-Eastern Health Region and potential Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners in the region toward a shared understanding that addressing health inequities cannot occur in isolation, but rather through working together.” -Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority Regional Indigenous Health Strategy – A Beginning for Future Consultation and Collaboration, 2021 – 2026. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action contains a number of actions specific to health. We are committed to incorporating the spirit of these Calls to Action as they relate to the culture, programs and services provided in Interlake-Eastern RHA. To that end, they are foundational to the Indigenous Health Strategy and IERHA’s overarching strategic plan.

For more information on the IERHA Strategic Plan, click here.




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