The first of its kind in Canada, this revolutionary, award-winning program has done significant work in Indigenous communities to build and foster relationships and trust to make sure kids, youth and families receive the care, as well as emotional and spiritual support, they need to feel comfortable and safe within the Hospital.
The Awasisak team (pictured below) is a group of Indigenous staff members who provide culturally sensitive services including support in traditional languages, ceremonial drumming and smudging, as well as a sacred prayer room on-site to support the physical and mental needs of patients and their families. They help families when coming to the Stollery, while in the Hospital and when preparing for the journey home.
By putting patients first, the Awasisak Indigenous Health Program has reduced perceived barriers, marginalization and lack of information at the acute care level, which has improved access to pediatric services.
The Awasisak Indigenous Health Program is located at 4H2.36 and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday to Friday.
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