Originally called First Nations Anti-Racism Response (FNARR) system, Sākihiwēwin’s sole responsibility is to advance the health and wellbeing of First Nations people when accessing care and treatment in northern Manitoba. This is a continuous program from Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin will provide interventions in four urgent targeted program areas:
- Patient Navigator/Data Collection
- Service Accountability
- Indigenous Doula Programs
- Indigenous Anti-Racism Response Training
Goals and Objectives
The goal is to support access to services that are free of structural barriers and community-driven.
“The Manitoba Government highlights their ongoing work to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and to create a more equitable and inclusive society. Each year, the Manitoba government implements and supports a number of initiatives that further reconciliation outside of the TRC’s calls to Action”
In an effort to have a name that has a better connection with the people KIM serves, members of the First Nations Anti Indigenous Racism Response system sought out guidance into finding a new name. In early 2023 a naming ceremony occurred and as a result, Sākihiwēwin was chosen as the project’s new name going forward. Sākihiwēwin is Cree for Loving one another.
Sākihiwēwin Health Advocates
Sākihiwēwin (Cree for Love for everyone) Health Advocates are to ensure that health services accessed by First Nation communities in northern Manitoba are trauma informed, free of structural barriers and accountable.
Sākihiwēwin Health Advocates offer in-hospital assistance (in Thompson, MB) to improve the quality of health care delivery to Indigenous patients through direct patient support when it’s needed.
Sākihiwēwin Health Advocates can help:
- Support or Advocacy when working with your care team
- ensure you and your family have a full understanding of your health care delivery
- Connect you with additional resources
- Connect you with an Elder for spiritual or emotional support
- Assistance with organizing traditional ceremonies
- Access to traditional cultural medicines
Sākihiwēwin Confidentiality Statement
Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. commits to maintaining confidentiality and protecting privacy throughout the advocacy process,in accordance with Manitoba’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act and Personal Health Information Act.
We will only collect and disclose information to those staff who are involved in the review of each case. Documents relating to a case are securely stored and only accessible to those staff involved in the review of the case.
Case outcomes may be anonymized and shared within our organization to promote continuous quality improvement, and with governments and organizational partners to advocate for systemic change.
Information coming soon…