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Indigenous Health

Horizon provides health care to Indigenous people living in what is now known as New Brunswick. Traditionally this area was a part of the Wabanaki territory. We are working to improve services for Indigenous individuals living within and outside First Nation communities.

Wolastoqiyik and Mi'kmaq First Nation communities within New Brunswick are:

  • Amlamgog (Fort Folly)
  • Elsipogtog (Big Cove)
  • Esgenoôpetitj (Burnt Church)
  • L'nui Menikuk (Indian Island)
  • Matawaskiye (Madawaska)
  • Metepenagiag Mi'kmaq Nation (Red Bank)
  • Natoaganeg (Eel Ground)
  • Neqotkuk (Tobique)
  • Oinpegitjoig (Pabineau)
  • Pilick (Kingsclear)
  • Sitansisk (Saint Mary's)
  • Tjipogtotjg (Buctouche)
  • Ugpi'ganjig (Eel River Bar)
  • Welamukotuk (Oromocto)
  • Wotstak (Woodstock)

Indigenous Liaison Committee

The committee reports to the VP of Community. The main purpose is to provide assistance to the Horizon Board, management, and health care personnel in order to obtain a good understanding of the particular health care needs, concerns and interests of the First Nations. 

The Committee's work should assist in assuring consistent quality, effectiveness and efficiency; and promote cultural sensitivity in the provision of health care to all those served by Horizon.

Phone: 506-453-7119

Traditional Indigenous Health Messages

We are proud to display a collection of posters featuring traditional Indigenous health messages within our regional facilities starting this fall.

At Horizon, we continue to work to create respectful and inclusive health services that support Indigenous culture and values.

The Horizon Indigenous Liaison Committee supported this work, which brought together beautiful artwork by local artists as well as health messages developed by the Natoaganeg Language Committee. A special thank you to Opolahsomuwehs and the Natoageneg Language Committee for translating these messages.

Natoageneg Language Committee Members: Lois Augustine, Madeline Ward, Josie Trevors, Freeman Patles, Freda Simon, Mary Ginnish and Carol Ann Francis.

Cedar, sage and sweetgrass now available in seven Horizon hospitals

SacredMedicines

Following discussions with our First Nation community partners, we identified the importance of providing access to traditional sacred medicines at our hospitals.

Sacred medicines are available at the following locations:

  • Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton)
  • Hotel-Dieu St. Joseph (Perth-Andover)
  • Miramichi Regional Hospital
  • The Moncton Hospital
  • Oromocto Public Hospital
  • Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville)

Horizon has made sage, cedar and sweetgrass available at seven hospitals for patient use.

Patients and families are encouraged to talk to staff about ways that they can help to support your cultural and spiritual needs.

Smudging that produces smoke may not currently be available in all facilities, please reach out to your health care team in hospital for more information.

Traditionally sage, cedar, tobacco and sweetgrass are used in smudging ceremonies.

Currently a smudging policy is being developed for Horizon.

Updated: June 2021

 

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