Falls Prevention Awareness in November

November is Falls Prevention Month. Throughout the month, tips, advice and support will be offered to Nation members on how to prevent falls at home and in the community.

The Stoney Health Falls Prevention team supports older adults and Elders to stay active and reduce their risks of falls. Our staff works with the community to improve strength and balance, and develop ways to stay safe at home and in the community. 

Due to COVID, the Elder Wellness Group has been paused. Once safe gathering is once again available, the Elder Wellness Group will provide Elders with the opportunity to gather together, exercise, enjoy a meal, learn about Falls Prevention and participate in fun activities.

Tips to Prevent Falls

Source: Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council –  FindingBalanceAlberta.ca

Other Resources

Check out Safe For Elders for more ideas and ways to help you prevent falls.

Meet the Team: Falls Prevention

Katie Kenyon

Katie Kenyon, Physiotherapist

Katie graduated with a Physiotherapy degree in 2012 from the University of Alberta. Katie has worked as a physiotherapist in Alberta and BC in rural hospitals and clinics helping people to overcome injuries, chronic pain and disability. Katie joined Stoney Health Services in 2018 and has now found her “dream job”. She loves helping people to understand how their bodies work and learn new ways to reduce their pain and improve function.  In her role on the Falls Prevention Team, Katie works directly with clients work on exercise programs to improve their strength and balance, and to develop strategies to stay safe at home and in the community. Her favourite thing about working in Morley is the people – she loves their great sense of humour and stories. She feels it is a privilege to learn from and work with the Stoney Nation. Katie lives in Canmore with her husband, toddler and dog. They enjoy getting out in the Rockies hiking, biking, paddling and skiing. She also enjoys cooking and baking, and is doing her best to grow a little garden in the mountains.

Diabetes wellness: what you should know?

Meet the Team: Diabetes Wellness

November 14 is World Diabetes Day – a day to raise awareness and draw attention to some of the issues around access to diabetes care.

Indigenous people living in Canada are at the highest risk for diabetes and complications from the disease. We thought it would be important to share some resources and introduce the Stoney Health Service’s staff who support the community with education and counseling. 

Read on for some diabetes information and resources.


Mary Guetg, Diabetes Nurse Educator

As a diabetes educator, Mary teaches individuals living with diabetes ways to improve their health outcomes by making lifestyle changes. That approach can include suggesting healthy food choices, increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary time or teaching about the role of anti-hyperglycemic medications. She's helped and seen many people improve their health with the support of the Stoney Health Service's Diabetes Wellness Program.

Outside of work, Mary is passionate about road cycling and takes advantage of the weekends to hit the road, biking anywhere from Lake Louise to Okotoks. To her, working so close to the Rocky Mountains is a true benefit of the job. "Morley is in one the most beautiful areas of Alberta. Working at Stoney Health Services gives me the opportunity to appreciate the majestic Rocky Mountains everyday."

Honoured by the experience in working with the Stoney Nakoda, she enjoys getting to know the people in the community and learning about their culture. Capping off her experience, she loves her clients' sense of humour, claiming that "Stoney Nakoda people have the best sense of humour!"

Mayra Regan, Dietitian

Mayra began her career as a dietitian and worked with Mayan Indigenous communities before moving to Canada. Once here in Canada, Mayra completed a bridge program to be able to work as a registered dietitian in Nova Scotia. When she moved to Alberta, she worked at Camp Chief Hector as a food service director for a few years. She currently works with seniors with the Brenda Strafford Foundation in Calgary and at Stoney Health Services. In her personal life, Mayra is married and the mother of two kind and curious children, Annabella and Christopher and a beautiful Yorkie-Chihuhua named Lolita. Mayra enjoys swimming, dancing, boxing, biking and hiking. During her sparse quiet time, she enjoys watching movies with her husband. Mayra loves working with people and providing support to live a healthy life style. Her job has given her the opportunity to learn from the Stoney people for the past four years.

Diabetes Information & Resources

Did you know that insulin was a Canadian discovery? 

5 Minutes of Canadian history

Healthy Eating and Diabetes

Physical Activity and Diabetes

Upcoming events

What's up at Stoney Health in November & December

What's Happening Every Week

Spooky fun inspires Halloween movie night

Ghoulish fun for the whole family

Party goers were welcome – if they dared – to enter the Chiniki Rodeo Ground’s gates for a night of ghoulish fun on October 22. 

Hot beverages were offered to stave off the cool night air while people watched the double feature – Halloween Town for all ages and Nightmare on Elm Street for those looking to get the full-screen scare. 

Lots of other Halloween-inspired activities entertained the community including a costume contest and a pumpkin lantern festival. Approximately 50 people got in the spirit and entered the costume contest, offering prizes in several categories for adults and children. 

A path wound through part of the rodeo grounds featuring crafty and creative carvings submitted by several community organizations including local schools and the Nakoda Head Start program. The pumpkins were handed out to the community at the end of the night.

A few community vendors also set up booths including a costume pop-up shop for people to browse and select their costume for the year.

If you dare, check out some of the spooky, fun-filled memories captured in the photo gallery below. 

Mînî Thnî Crisis Support welcomes you

Mînî Thnî Crisis Support Team welcomes you

Mînî Thnî Crisis Support Team is Open and Welcomes the Stoney Nakoda Community

The Mînî Thnî Crisis Support (MTCS) team is officially OPEN and welcoming the community to reach out for support.

The MTCS supports Stoney Nakoda community members who are dealing with difficult situations by providing a variety of services and programs that educate, train, and support the strength and capacity of the community.

  • Educational workshops, training, and information sessions
  • Short-term support to individuals who have experienced an event that produces mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral distress.
  • Crisis Prevention/ Intervention supports, resources and referrals

Open Monday thru Friday

9 am – 4 pm

403-881-2600 or mtcrisissupport@stoneyhealth.com.

Follow us on Facebook @MTcrisissupport.

Mînî Thnî Crisis Support Team welcomes you

Upcoming events this month – Oct 2021

What's up at Stoney Health this month?

AHS screen testing coming to Morley

AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic

AHS mammography screen: Bringing good breast health to you

AHS Screen Test Mobile Mammography Clinic returns to Morley 

December 6 & 7, 2021

Stoney Health Centre

Screen Test brings breast cancer screening to women across Alberta with its state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit.

Appointments are required. Call 1-800-667-0604 to book. 

Read on for who should be screened and why mammograms are important. Go to screeningforlife.ca for more details.

Who should be screened?

  • Women 50 to 74: This group is most commonly diagnosed with breast cancer, and should plan to have a mammogram every 2 years until they turn 75. This group can self-refer.
  • Women 40 to 49: Screening is optional and they should discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their health care provider. A referral is needed for their first mammogram in Alberta, which is available online here.
  • Women 75 and over: Can continue screening and should discuss the risks and benefits with their health care provider.
  • Screening mammograms are not recommended for women under age 40: Women in this age group should discuss their breast cancer risk and mammography options with their health care provider. 

Why are mammograms important? Screening mammograms are routine tests used to find early signs of cancer in women who have no breast problems or symptoms. They can find changes in the breast that are too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor. Early detection with mammograms is one of the reasons that most women (90%) are now surviving breast cancer. To learn more about Screen Test, visit our website or call us at 1-800-667-0604.

Iyarhe Nakoda Youth tutoring program

Culturally-aware Tutoring for Stoney Nakoda students

The Îyarhe Nakoda Youth Tutoring Program provides culturally aware educational support to Stoney Nakoda students.

We believe that education is another way to contribute to a strong community and hope to create an environment where culturally aware learning and services can be provided to children and youth.

Tutoring is free for all Stoney Nakoda Student in junior high, high school, adult upgrading, post-secondary.

One-on-one and group tutoring are available.
All tutoring sessions will be held online, via ZOOM and Google Meets.

We provide adequate computer and internet access. If students do not have access to the internet or a computer we have computers and laptops available at the INYP Room. (COVID guidelines apply)

Contact Danielle Lefthand (403-554-0703) or Earl Makinaw-Labelle (403-881-2734) for info or to register.

Meet the Tutors