Man Van Drives into Mînî Thnî on October 28

Man Van drives into Mînî Thnî on October 28

The Man Van travels throughout Calgary and rural Alberta. You can find it everywhere men go.
Find a Man Van Clinic near you getchecked.ca

Canada’s only mobile men’s health clinic educating me on the importance of early prostrate cancer awareness and overall health.

Provides men on-the-spot Prostrate Specific Antigen blood test as well as BP, blood glucose and waist circumference measurements at select clinics.

Men aged 40-80 who are not currently seen by a doctor for prostrate problems. Any man over 18.

What to expect?
When a man visits, he is greeted by someone (often a prostrate cancer survivor, who explains the test and its importance. He will then meet with a medical professional who will draw blood. Within a week, he will receive the results. If the results are higher than recommended, the Prostrate Cancer Centre will call the participant to discuss. Appointments typically take less than 10 min.

Why it’s important?

One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostrate cancer in their lifetime but early detection is key. A simple blood test many help. It is recommended that men start getting tested as early as age 40.

Health measurements (bp, blood sugar and waist circumference are often good indicators of a men’s health status and often lead to the main health issues men face, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.

Stoney Nakoda Treatment Center Opens its Doors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 5, 2023
 

Stoney Nakoda Treatment Center Opens Its Doors October 5, 2023

Recovery on our land, in our ways for a new start.

Mînî Thnî, Alberta, October 5, 2023] – Stoney Health Services is pleased to announce the official opening of the Stoney Nakoda Treatment Center, a critical milestone in our commitment to addressing addiction and promoting wellness for the people of the Stoney Nakoda First Nations living in Mini Thnî (Morley, Eden Valley and Big Horn reserves.

The Treatment Center represents a significant step towards enhancing the health and well-being of the Iethkabi. The 18-bed facility will serve as a place of hope, offering vital resources and support for every person seeking recovery from addiction and related challenges.

Aaron Khan, CEO of Stoney Health Services, expressed his excitement and pride about the opening, stating, “The Stoney Nakoda Treatment Center reflects our dedicated efforts to provide comprehensive healthcare solutions to the Stoney People. This facility will play a pivotal role in addressing the substance abuse issues that have affected this community for far too long. We are committed to supporting individuals on their journey to recovery, fostering healing, and building a healthier future for our Nation.”

Skilee Dixon, Manager of the Stoney Nakoda Treatment Center, shared her enthusiasm, saying, “We have designed this center to be a place of safety, healing, and empowerment. Our team is dedicated to providing culturally sensitive, evidence-based treatment and support services that meet the unique needs of our community members. We look forward to helping individuals regain control of their lives and reconnect with their cultural heritage.”

The grand opening ceremony featured traditional ceremonies, speeches, and tours of the newly opened and welcoming facility in Mini Thnî. Community members, leaders, Elders and supporters joined us in celebrating this significant achievement for the Stoney Nakoda Nation.

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For media inquiries and further information, please contact: Wendy Thatcher, Communications Manager, 403-888-0970 or wthatcher@stoneyhealth.com.

About Stoney Nakoda Nation: The Stoney Nakoda Nation, comprising three distinct First Nations – Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Goodstoney – is dedicated to the well-being, empowerment, and prosperity of its members. The Nation is committed to preserving its cultural heritage while actively addressing contemporary challenges, such as addiction and mental health.

About the Stoney Nakoda Adult Treatment Center

The Stoney Nakoda Adult Treatment Center offers a 90-day holistic treatment program for up to 18 people who are on their recovery for substance use and other addictions. It is open for First Nation members (Bearspaw, Chiniki, Goodstoney) only and emphasizes,” Recovery on our own land, in our own way… for a new start.

The Treatment Centre provides a structured program of holistic, safe, intensive, client-centered, voluntary, and culturally based live-in treatment services.

Class Action Lawsuit for Indian Residential Schools

Class Action Lawsuit for Indian Residential Schools

Please share this information with family and loved ones.

Three class-action lawsuits related to Indian Residential Schools are currently underway:

  1. The first lawsuit is for 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗗𝗼𝗿𝗺 during certain years. Please note, the settlement for this case concluded in 2012.
  2. The second lawsuit involves 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀. These students faced varying levels of abuse and received payouts exceeding $100,000. The claim period officially ended on July 13, 2022, but was extended until January 13, 2023. Payouts and administrative reviews for this case are still ongoing.
  3. The third lawsuit pertains to 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀, with a deadline for claims set for October 4, 2023. If you or your estate attended the day school listed on the official website, you may be eligible for a payout of $10,000.

For further information or assistance, please refer to the dates posted on the official website or contact 𝗝𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲 𝗪𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗺𝗮𝗻 at 403-881-2799.

Making Strides on Road to Elimination of Hepatitis C

Mînî Thnî (Morley), Alberta

Making Strides on Road to Elimination of Hep-C

Kudos to registered nurse Cami, Dr. Simms and the Harm Reduction Team for their continued efforts towards eliminating Hepatitis C as a community public health threat by 2030!

Several community members have cleared their Hepatitis C infections. Let’s keep the momentum going!

Prevention, awareness and screening are key to eliminating Hep C!  

Screening involves a simple blood test and treatment consists of 8-12 weeks of oral medication.

For more information, contact Cami at 403-803-4683 or ask your family doctor.

Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by a virus. Over time, it can injure your liver and make you very sick.

Did you Know?

  • Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood.
  • Sharing equipment used for injecting, smoking or snorting drugs can pass the virus
  • Sharing personal items with trace amounts of blood, such as toothbrushes, razors and nail clippers can pass the virus, as well as  tattoo or piercing equipment that isn’t properly cleaned.
  • Anyone who had a blood transfusion before 1990 

Stoney Health Services Achieves Highest Accreditation Quality Award

Stoney Health Achieves Highest Safety and Quality Rating

🎉 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗲𝘄𝘀! 🎉
Stoney Health Services is thrilled to announce that we recently achieved 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 through Accreditation Canada Qmentum Global program! 🌟
Every four years, Stoney Health undergoes a thorough on-site review of core health programs and services to assess quality and safety practices. The latest evaluation took place in March.
A huge shout out to our fantastic healthcare team for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to providing the Nation with top-quality healthcare.
Stoney Health expresses gratitude to every Nation and community member, along with their families and loved ones, for trusting us as your healthcare team, sharing your experiences, and guiding us towards ongoing improvement. We appreciate your kindness, support, and partnership. Isniyes!

Countdown to Opening Day! 3, 2, 1….

Stoney Health Centre Expansion Opens its Doors

Starting tomorrow, May 29, the doors open and Stoney Health Services welcome our first clients into the brand-new Health Centre.

Stoney Health Services is so excited to begin serving the Îyarhe Nakoda First Nation in this new, up-to-date and gleaming community health centre.

From this location, we will immediately offer 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦, 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦𝘴, 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩, 𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, physiotherapy, 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦-𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨.
The 𝘔𝘪̂𝘯𝘪̂ 𝘛𝘩𝘯𝘪̂ 𝘋𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘊𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘤 will start welcoming clients to their bright and updated new space on Monday, June 5.

𝘟-𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘖𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 will temporarily close for the next 6-8 weeks during the renovation of their new homes. During these closures, Nation members who need urgent x-ray or eye exam services are offered transportation off reserve. Contact 403-881-3920 for information.

The 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘗𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘺 will continue to operate in its existing storefront and then the new pharmacy will open in early summer.

𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦. The ‘old’ Health Centre closes its door today and reopens this fall with a refreshed and updated look.

When the renovations are complete, the Stoney Health Centre will nearly double in size and provide increased accessibility and expanded primary care and health care services to the Îethka people and community!

We were honoured to have several pipe holders formally bless the new space as a place of healing on May 25 in a small, private ceremony. Once the renovations are complete, we invite the community to join us for a big celebration this fall. Details to come!

The new space is beautiful and a tribute to the Stoney Tribal Council, Stoney Health staff, our partners and the community who have been involved over the years.

Drop by and see for yourself!

Aerial of the 'old' Stoney Health Centre that opened in the early 1990s.

Upcoming events | This Month

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2023 Health Challenge

2023 Health Challenge

Looking for a challenge? Whether you believe in New Year’s resolutions, January is a great opportunity for a health refresh. Join our health challenge.

𝘑𝘢𝘯 𝟤: reduce the animal protein needed by adding 1/2 cup cooked beans

𝘑𝘢𝘯 𝟥: eat calcium-rich foods with at least 20% daily calcium
𝘑𝘢𝘯 𝟦: Eat breakfast within 2 hr of waking up
𝘑𝘢𝘯 𝟧: Bring nuts or seeds as a snack
𝘑𝘢𝘯 𝟨: Drink 500 ml water before and after meals
𝘑𝘢𝘯 𝟩: Buy Vitamin D3 and take 2000 IU daily

#2023NewYear #HealthChallenge #IndigenousHealth #Iyarhe #2023SHSHealthChallenge 

Mînî Thnî Continuing Care Center receives conditional approval

Mini Thni bridge

Continuing Care Centre in Mînî Thnî receives conditional approval

Alberta Health Services recently gave the go ahead to to Stoney Health Services to start designing the new Stoney-Nakoda Continuing Care Center over the next year.

The proposed centre will provide 24/7 accommodations and culturally adapted, professional health and wellness services to 21 Nation members 65 years+ – or younger adults with special needs – who are unable to remain safely at home or in supportive living.

The Center will offer cultural, spiritual and community activities, support for families and adult day programming.

During the first phase, Stoney Health Services is seeking feedback from past or present clients, their families and the community. Contact Anne Malimban at 403-881-3920.

Meet our Team: Occupational Therapist helps people recover through daily activities

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy (OT) program helps Stoney people recuperate from physical or mental illness through rehabilitation that concentrates on daily movement and activities. As a form of therapy, its focus is to help and provide people with the resources and tools they need to manage their own self-care and maintain their work and leisure. Learn more about these services helping community members return to day-to-day activities after illness. 

Scroll down to find out more about Sikin – our sole, staff occupational therapist.

Sikin Samanani, Occupational Therapist

Sikin Samanani, Occupational Therapist

Sikin lives in Calgary with her family - her husband, their moms and their son. Her two daughters currently live in the United States.

For some, the work of an occupational therapist may be new or unfamiliar. Sikin is quick to offer a little glimpse into her day, saying "[The work] is always different - whether it's home or functional assessments, mobility aids and prescriptions, or working with the Elders. Every day is a new one and it's filled with an experience that is unforgettable."

She also enjoys her work because of its potential to make small, positive differences in her client's lives. In her words, "Whether it's providing them with a walker or improving access into their homes, the change impacts their overall well-being and contributes to an improved quality of life. "
Sikin has been with Stoney Health for more than a decade, also splitting her time at Siksika Health Services. In fact, she first worked with Siksika and then when the opportunity came up to work in Mînî Thnî, she jumped at the chance to learn about Stoney people, their traditions and culture.

Now years later, that cultural appreciation continues to motivate her. Combined with a deepening respect for the people and their willingness to openly share the steps they take to improve their lives.

Outside of work, if she's not travelling, Sikin explores her interests in dance, music, hiking and cooking. In fact, she's currently enrolled in Hip Hop dance classes satisfying her own need for self-care.

Meet the Team: Îyarhe Nakoda Youth

Iyarhe Nakoda Youth Program Team, 2022

Îyarhe Nakoda Youth Program

Through a holistic and cultural approach, the Îyarhe Nakoda Youth Program (INYP) empowers Stoney Nakoda youth to support healing, growth, well-being and community connections. 

INYP works closely with community Elders and knowledge keepers, for program development and implementation. Elders are brought in to engage directly with the youth to ensure that the services delivered are culturally appropriate and to create generational connections.

Featured programming includes hosting youth-focused events such as round dances and pow wows, online after-school tutoring classes that provide culturally aware educational support and summer youth camps to positively impact identity, self-worth, skills and a sense of belonging.

Gabriel Young, Stoney Health Services

Gabriel Young, Honouring Life/Youth Programs Coordinator

Gabriel is the programs coordinator for the Youth Program, a Registered Social Worker and a proud member of the Stoney Nakoda Nation.

Gabriel has cultivated his knowledge and experience through youth work, substance-use prevention and well-being programming. He is an advocate for adequate service delivery for Indigenous Peoples.

Gabriel works with a holistic approach and holds traditional teachings and values at the forefront, merging those important practices with contemporary social work tools. His passion is to work with individuals, families, and communities progress towards overall wellness and healing.

Danielle Lefthand, youth outreach worker, Stoney Health Services

Danielle Lefthand, Youth Outreach Worker

Glowing Rainbow Woman, also known as Danielle Lefthand, lives and works in Mînî Thnî and fluently speaks both Stoney and English. She's worked and volunteered with several Stoney-based organizations, seeking out roles that allow her to give a voice to and impact education: as board members with the Stoney Education Board, Chief's Office of Education and currently, Making Treaty 7.

She draws on these invaluable experiences in her current role as youth outreach worker with Stoney Health Services. A role she loves, in part, because she is able to create programs for youth that boost their self-esteem, build confidence, capacity, and identity.

She is a passionate advocate for community youth and feels honoured when she is able to gain their trust. Danielle noted, "It warms my heart to see our youth interested in learning more about our culture and traditions and most importantly our language. Witnessing them learn and work hard makes me realize that is how we stop the intergenerational trauma ripple effect and start to heal from it."

She's heartened by the positive feedback that the team has received through their community-guided programs, noting that youth have expressed feeling safe in the space provided and enjoyed learning more about Stoney People's history and past.
On the personal side, Danielle is a former senior Chiniki Princess. Along with her fellow Mînî Thnî Two Spirits, she was one of the first Treaty 7 groups to participate in the Calgary Pride Parade.

Earl Makinaw-Labelle (fondly known as Joey), Youth Outreach Worker

As a youth outreach worker, Earl focuses as a school liaison. He is responsible for creating relationships and programs with several schools in Mînî Thnî, Exshaw and Canmore where the Îyarhe Nakoda Youth team regularly leads sharing circles and traditional knowledge teachings to community youth - in all grades, including those who are high risk - right in the classroom.

Working with youth is clearly a career-long passion for Earl. He claimed such pride in seeing many graduate high school and proudly embrace their Stoney Nakoda heritage. It's obvious that he approaches and views his role as an honour, as he shared that he will continue to share knowledge and help others on their learning journey when asked.

Outside of work, Earl enjoys dancing, singing and attending pow wows, playing instruments and spending spare time doing traditional crafts like beading, sewing and working with raw hide.

Carlene Stevens, Youth Outreach Worker

Carlene is the newest edition to the youth team brining years of prior experience as a child support worker with the daycare and Eagle's Nest to her role as youth outreach worker. She, like her team, is Mînî Thnî-born and raised, guided by strong Stoney Nakoda traditional and cultural values that she practices and teaches to her own family - her husband and her five children.

So far, her time over the summer involved joining youth in outdoor activities, recreation and cooking. In her words, she views her position as, "connecting with children and youth to set and model a respectful, positive and fun experience."

If she had to give a title to her life, "Always on the go. Winging just about anything into situations while adjusting my crown."
When asked to provide a fun fact, Carlene mentions an inclination to trip on her own feet. Editorial note: Hmmm..sounds familiar. Welcome Carlene! Your enthusiasm, wit and humour are a fantastic addition to the youth program and Stoney Health.

Reflecting on the Stoney Health Fair 2022

Taking stock of the Stoney Health Fair 2022.

Stoney Health Fair 2022 | A Recap

The 3rd annual Stoney Health Fair returned to Mînî Thnî on September 14, 2022. Thank you to the community for your generous support!

Stoney Health was honoured to welcome some 500 Elders, school children and community to interact with 55+ health and wellness and partners in health exhibiting their programs and services

This year’s theme celebrated and was inspired by the Stoney phrase, Da𝗮̂ 𝗜̂𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗵𝗻𝘂̂𝗵𝗮𝗯𝗶 𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗸𝗽𝗮𝗱𝗮̂𝗯𝗶, essentially calling upon each other to have good overall mental, physical, spiritual and cultural health – or be resilient.

Following a traditional pipe ceremony, the Grand Entrance commanded participants’ attention as Elders, community members and special guest walked with Nation and community flags and were joined by a local drum group and several dancers. 

Stoney Health was honoured to feature keynote speaker Dr. Terry Poucette, a Stoney Nakoda Nation member, academic and Indigenous Relations lead with the City of Calgary. Dr. Poucette spoke personally of her own journey as a Stoney Nation member and the challenges she encountered along the way as she charted her professional and personal path, bringing her full circle back to the community she grew up in and flourished.

For the first time, several wellness workshops including art therapy, beading, horticulture, fitness classes invited guests to learn and enjoy forms of self-care. Health and wellness experts also provided advice and resources on Opioid Antagoist Therapy, Mindfulness and Coping with Anxiety and Mental Wellness and Grounding – offering something for everyone. Refer to the full Stoney Health Fair Program for the full lineup.

It was truly a team effort from which to celebrate and build upon. Stoney Health looks forward to the next Health Fair.

Scroll down for a visual recap of the day-long festivities, entertainment and excitement.

Take a look through the Stoney Health Fair 2022 photo gallery capturing some of the energy and excitement, showcasing the community’s resiliency.