All Nations Hospital Project Media Release

Important Update from the All Nations Hospital (ANH) Steering Committee

Media Release November 8, 2019

The All Nations Hospital Steering Committee recently met on October 30, 2019, and are pleased to inform you that the committee has now been fully established and is composed of the following:

Wendy Peterson, LWDH Board Representative who will serve as Chair
Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) Representative who will serve as Vice Chair
Calvin Morriseau, Grand Council Treaty 3 Representative
Liz Boucha, Kenora Metis Council Representative
Rory McMillan, City of Kenora Representative
Dr. Jillie Retson, Physician Representative
Samantha Gould, LWDH Staff representative
Sally Johnson, Community Representative
Linda Copenace, Community Representative
Ray Racette, LWDH Hospital CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
Joe Barnes, KCA CEO (ex-officio, non-voting)
Cheryl O’Flaherty, LWDH VP Corporate Services (project Executive Sponsor) (ex-officio, non-voting)
Donna Makowsky, LWDH VP Patient Care (ex-officio, non-voting)

The Lake of the Woods District Hospital (LWDH) and Kenora Chiefs Advisory (KCA) are creating a journey of partnership, reconciliation, and trust-building to create a healing environment for everyone. This is the beginning of a real and important journey as we work towards accessible and culturally safe health care across all sectors and services. The All Nations Hospital will be one of the first large developments in the Kenora area that will embark on a Reconciliation process and true partnership between all residents of Kenora, surrounding First Nations communities, municipalities, and the Indigenous population.

Wendy Peterson, Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “The population of Indigenous people between the ages of 20 to 64 is expected to increase to 43.5% by 2041 in the Kenora District. As Treaty partners, we’ve begun working towards a new vision for our hospital and health campus which is more focused on safe, equitable, patient centered, and culturally sensitive care for all our children and grandchildren, well into the future.”

The LWDH and KCA have each hired a Community Engagement Project Planner (CEPP), and engagement will commence over the next couple of months. This engagement will be extensive and will occur within the City of Kenora, and the surrounding municipalities and First Nations communities served by the hospital.

We are pleased to introduce the two Community Engagement Project Planners – Kathy Kishiqueb is KCA’s CEPP and will oversee engagement within the Indigenous Communities; Charlene Kissick is LWDH’s CEPP and will oversee engagement within the City of Kenora and surrounding non-Indigenous communities.

Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Vice Chair of the All Nations Hospital Steering Committee, remarked “Our First Nations health status is far worse than most residents of the Kenora Region. This is mainly due to the on reserve social determinates of health, as well as the inadequate health services delivered on reserve. Working together in true partnership on the All Nations Hospital is the beginning of the journey of the much needed work to be done. We are also working together in partnership on the development of an All Nations health Care system, which is another important part of the journey. The journey is being co-led by First Nation leadership and we will know if the journey is a successful one when we see the All Nations Hospital/system delivering adequate culturally appropriate services to both on and off reserve residents. True reconciliation takes place when the people you’re reconciling with write the successful story line of the journey.”

Please watch for further communications on when public meetings will be occurring. We encourage all of you to please get involved and provide your feedback, which is integral to the success of the All Nations Hospital. We are excited to see how this consultation will continue to build and strengthen relationships throughout our communities.

For further information please contact:

Wendy Peterson
Chair, ANH Steering Committee

Chief Marilyn Sinclair
Vice Chair, ANH Steering Committee

All Nations Hospital Media Release November 8 2019