Meet the Team: Mînî Thnî Crisis Support

Crisis Team Builds on Personal Experiences and Understanding to Support Community

The Mînî Thnî Crisis Team combines current and traditional 24-hour comprehensive crisis and rapid outreach services for the Morley community. 

Working alongside other Stoney Health departments and local first responders, the RCMP, the Stoney School Authority, Stoney Nakoda Child and Family services to provide mobile interventions, immediate safety and short-term support for individuals/families faced with challenging circumstances, such as family violence, grief and substance use. The MTCT support team will have the knowledge and skills required to effectively assist individuals, families and community members impacted and affected. Join us at our open house on September 1, starting at 12 pm at the Chiniki Community College.

Trevor Tailfeathers

Trevor Tailfeathers, Crisis Support Lead

Trevor was born and raised on the Blood Tribe First Nations Reserve in Southern Alberta. He was an active member with the RCMP in 2001 for fifteen years and later released on honourable medical discharge from duty. He has worked and developed strong working relationships with elders, teachers, and administrators at reserves in Hobbema (Cree), Gleichen (Blackfoot), Morley (Stoney Nation). He was a policy analyst at the Secwepemc Children and Family Services (SCFS) for the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations Reserve in Kamloops, BC. As a policy analyst, he applied for grants through Indigenous services Canada that focused on Indigenous health and health disparity, and have been involved in financial planning, forecasting, and reporting. He has recently secured a $75,000 COVID-19 pandemic grant to address food security, internet, and mental health services to urban First Nations members and he has also advocated for system change to enhance the way we service children and their families. He is currently a crisis coordinator for Stoney Health Services where he provides rapid, effective responses to crisis situations in the community.

Alanna Kaquitts

Alanna Kaquitts, Community Outreach Liaison

Family is everything to Alanna as the oldest of six siblings and herself blessed with two beautiful children. She is all about SELF CARE and cites TV binge watching, blasting music in her car, travelling, exploring and adventure as her main ways to unwind. She's held a number of administrative roles, including most recently with the Eagles Nest Stoney Family Shelter and Hobbema Dental and completed certificates as a health care aid and medical office assistant.
She's so excited to continue in her role as community outreach liaison where she'll combine her administrative and organizations skills with her love of meeting, connecting and working with people. She notes with pride how much she's grown professionally and personally in her role and is looking forward to what's next.

Savannah Holloway

Savannah Holloway, Victim Services Support Worker

Savannah was born and raised in Morley, but spent a few years in Ontario while attending high school. She gives an equal shout out to both sides of her family - the Holloways (her mother's maiden name) and Labelles (her father's last name). An avid athlete, Savannah loves most team sports - hockey, baseball, and volleyball - and can even be found on the rodeo grounds. Savannah has worked in child and family services for several years - both in Morley and in Mackwacis - and now looks forward to tackling her new role as a crisis support worker where she can apply her creative problem solving skills and previous career experience to support the community.

Shylance Twoyoungmen

Shylance Twoyoungmen, Community Support/MTCS Mobile Worker

Pride in family is a shared theme across the Crisis team. Sharing her home with her partner and stepson, Shylance (prefers Shy) comes from a large family who tragically lost a brother earlier this year due to illness. She is also a proud member of the two-spirit family in the community and is fluent in Stoney.

Maintaining an active lifestyle appeals to Shy - getting outdoors, hunting, fishing and hiking - all top her list of hobbies. She also attributes sports and physical fitness to her determination, discipline and patience. She's most excited about 'being challenged mentally and emotionally' in her new role. Adding, "Being able to help my community and give support to the Nation. It's not enough to simply say 'I'm a great fit for the role,' I also see an opportunity to learn and grow these skills."

Meet the Team: Environmental Health

Ensuring a safe, healthy water supply

Jerott Mark and Andrew Kaquitts, Stoney Health Service's environmental health technicians, assess a well spout on a Stoney property.

Environmental health technicians’ Jerott Mark and Andrew Kaquitts joined Stoney Health Services in late 2020 and began a several-months’ long water monitoring project, with funding provided by Environment Canada.

Stoney Health Services is taking drinking water samples from all homes on the reserve, which are then tested to ensure a safe, healthy community water supply. As part of the testing, Jerrot and Andrew also locate, assess and survey the homes’ cistern or well, and the septic field to determine future maintenance requirements.

Both technicians bring years of carpentry experience, a strong understanding of plumbing and water systems and importantly, a love of their community.

When asked what they hope comes from their work, Jerott spoke up, “to see water systems that need to upgraded get done.”

Andrew added, “Good clean, drinking water. I want better drinking water for everyone.” 

The crew expect to complete testing on the Chiniki First Nation (southside of the Trans-Canada Highway) this summer and plan to move  the homes on the centre and northside of the reserve this fall and early winter. Their work doesn’t depend on the weather – they are on the road rain, shine, smoky days or snow (yikes, let’s not mention that yet.)

Find out more about the environmental water monitoring project and check out the photo gallery for a sample of their workday.

Stoney Childcare Centre Reopens

Stoney Childcare Centre Reopens Aug. 4

After closing during COVID, the Stoney First Nation Childcare Centre is reopen for local families starting August 4.

Infants from 3 months to children 5 years of age are welcome to enroll. Space is limited and reserved for parents or caregivers who work or attend school.

Contact Francine Kaquitts, daycare director at 403-808-4169 or francinek@stoney-nation.com.

Well-Baby Drop-In Clinics

Weekly Well-Baby Drop-In Clinics

Join our Well-Baby team on Wednesdays. Chat with a nurse or our family support assistants about you or your baby’s specific needs, get diapers, wipes and other resources and have your baby weighed.

Open to Stoney families with infants to children 5 years of age. 

Wednesdays
12:00 – 3:00 pm
Family Resource Centre, Wesley Lodge

Refreshments are available.

Don’t Wait. Get Tested for Hepatitis. It may save your life.

Hep Can't Wait. Don't Wait to Get Tested.

Did you know? Every 30 seconds someone loses their life to hepatitis – don’t be one of them. Don’t wait. Get tested today. 

World Hepatitis Day is July 28. All week long (July 26-30), Stoney Health Service’s is encouraging the community to get a hepatitis test. It could save your life. We were pleased to see so many people drop in and get tested.

Testing is available year-round at the Stoney Health Centre or the Stoney Health Service’s Trailer during business hours. 

If you think you’ve been exposed, here are five reasons to get tested right away:
1. You can have the disease even if you feel fine.
2. The test is quick and easy.
3. You can protect your family and friends.
4. Treatments can suppress or even wipe out the virus.
5. Early treatment can help you prevent liver cancer or liver failure. Source: 5 Reasons to Get Tested for Hepatitis C, WebMD

COVID vaccination clinic schedule

Vaccination Squad Schedule

The Stoney Health Vax Squad is popping up around the community all summer long, offering walk-in vaccinations at the Health Centre, and stopping by your home to do vaccinations by appointment.

Our vaccination squad offers weekly Walk-in Vaccination Clinics on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Stoney Health Centre from 11 am – 4 pm. No appointment required.

Get your 1st, 2nd or 3rd dose (available to people with immunocompromised conditions) so we can all get back to normal together.

At-home Vaccinations

If you prefer to get your vaccination at home, our Vaccination Squad will drop by your home and offer COVID vaccinations to all eligible family members. Appointments are required. Call 403-881-3920.

1st, 2nd or 3rd dose vaccinations are available to all Nation members 12+.  Fully vaccinated? Drop by for your Proof of Vaccination Card.