COVID Testing for Negative Test

Proof of Negative Test

If you require a negative COVID test to enter spaces participating in the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions Exemption Program, proof for your employer or to travel, you must get a privately-paid, Health Canada approved PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.

Stoney Health Services DOES NOT provide this testing. Only community members who currently have COVID symptoms can get tested at Stoney Health Services.

  • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.
  • Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.
  • Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.
  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

Operators offering on-site rapid testing should seek expert medical oversight prior to implementing a rapid testing program.

Getting your COVID Vaccination Records

Get Your COVID Vaccination Record

Use the express system at alberta.ca/covidrecords to access your card-sized COVID-19 vaccination record.

It is fast and easy – no account needed. Enter your personal healthcare number, birthdate, and the month and year of vaccination. Download your card and print it out or save it to your phone.

Having trouble? There may be a delay for some records as Stoney Health Services integrates its records with Alberta Health Services.

If you are experiencing problems:

  • Call 811 to request that a copy by mailed to you.
  • For immediate use, the initial paperwork that was provided at the time of your 1st/2nd dose vaccination is proof of vaccination.
  • Call Stoney Health at 403-881-3920 and our staff can help retrieve your record. Note: we are experiencing a high call volume/requests so you may experience some delays in attaining your record.

Important: Once you get your vaccination record, please keep it handy for future use. Isniyes!

Note: COVID-19 vaccination records may take up to two weeks to show on both alberta.ca/CovidRecords and MyHealthRecords. It depends on when and how the health practitioner inputs the information after administering the vaccine.  

School COVID Vaccination Program

Morley Community School COVID Vaccination Clinics

COVID-19 vaccination rates among Morley students are very low. To help prevent the virus’ spread and keep kids healthy and in school, getting a COVID vaccine for anyone 12+ is recommended.

The Morley Community School nurse is offering vaccine clinics to all students 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier).

Parents and caregivers check out the COVID Vaccine Information provided below and consider returning the signed vaccination consent form as soon as possible. You may also provide verbal consent directly to School Nurse Jillian Fenton (jillian.fenton@@stoneyeeducation.ca or 403-710-3393.

Note: Students 18 and under cannot get vaccinated without parent or guardian consent.

COVID-19 boosters now available

Booster vaccines available

Booster COVID-19 vaccines are now available to Stoney Nakoda members – either seniors living in long-term care facilities or those with immunocompromised conditions.

Receiving a third dose will boost immunity levels and improve protection for those eligible.

Immunocompromising conditions that qualify:

  • Transplant recipients
  • Individuals with chronic kidney disease who are receiving regular dialysis
  • Individuals in active cancer treatment (chemotherapy, immunotherapy or targeted therapies) excluding those receiving only hormonal therapy, radiation therapy or surgery
  • People taking medication for certain autoimmune conditions

In addition, mRNA doses (Pfizer and Moderna) will be made available to Albertans who are traveling to a jurisdiction that does not accept
visitors who have been vaccinated with Covishield /AstraZeneca or mixed doses.

Meet the Team: Home and Community Care

Home and community care

The faces behind the home and community care team bring years of collective nursing experience, a love of community and a pride in what they do to their roles with Stoney Health. The home care team seeks to help clients live as independently and safely within the community as possible. The team provides supplementary care and support offered by family and the community.

In this first part of a two-part series (it’s a large team), we feature four staff who exude pride in what they do and who they care and support. Read on to learn more about some of Stoney Health’s valued frontline staff.

Anne Malimban, Home and Community Care Manager

If asked to describe her role as a title of a book, Anne offers The many hats I wear as a home care nurse manager, explaining that as a home care nurse, sometimes you need to respond in ways that are unpredictable and unexpected. "Working in home care typically means you are providing services in the individual’s home where you become resourceful when faced with challenges. You have a lot of autonomy that enables you to develop stronger clinical skills...You make a greater difference in the lives of your client because you get to spend so much one-on-one time with the client and their family in the comfort of their own home where you can develop trust and rapport. You get to see the client in their environment and each visit can be as varied as the clients themselves which keeps me stimulated and make the job more exciting."

After immigrating to Canada from the Philippines when she was 10, Anne started her nursing career with a medical/surgical unit in Alberta Health Services. Drawn to the people and culture, eventually she made her way to Stoney Health where she's been for the past 10 years.

In her free time, Anne is kept busy with two school-aged children. Her family spends their time being active - hiking, camping, snowboarding, skating and a full range of outdoor activities. She firmly believes in self care and you can probably find her in the kitchen baking and decorating cakes when she's not enjoying the great outdoors.

Naomi Kaquitts, Health Care Aide

Naomi began her role with Stoney Health two years ago as a First Nations' cultural liaison and recently transitioned to a health care aide at the beginning of September. Naomi is the proud mom to two children and also a pet mom of one cat. Being with her family, binge watching TV shows, reading, doing bead work, sewing and traveling top her list of interests and things to do when she has free time.

Now that she works with Stoney Health, she loves having a chance to offer support and help to the elders and people of the community. As a Stoney Nation member, she speaks both Stoney and English fluently. Speaking Stoney plays a big part of her job and she thanks for family for speaking it at home every day when she was younger.

Georgina Lefthand, Health Care Aide

Georgina's path to Stoney Health began with the gentle encouragement from her late Ena. When her mom was ailing, Georgina was there to help with her care. She watched her mom's home care workers enviously and recalls telling her mom how much she wished she could do that. Her mom responded, "You will one day when I leave (pass on). I will make sure of that."

Six months after her mom passed away, Georgina accepted a short-term contract with Stoney Health. She strongly believes that her late Ena made her wish come true. Now 17 years later she still serves her community and Elders with the same dedication and love for what she does.

Georgina is the second youngest of six and the daughter of residential school survivors. She is honoured to have grown up within a strict home environment and values her family's teachings. She is proud to be a single mother to three - one of whom also works for Stoney Health - and also a grandmother. She shares that her joy today comes from her family and watching them on their chosen paths.

Suzanne Sihikal, Home Care Nurse

Suzanne is an indigenous nurse who hails from Treaty 1 Territory. She graduated from nursing 33 years ago at the mere age of 7. 😉 She has spent most of her career in the great white north - the real north, way past Edmonton - sampling nearly every area of nursing before landing happily in home care.

With a passion for First Nations' health, Suzanne firmly believes in a holistic approach to wellness and health and loves seeing people in their own homes. She feels it is an honour to be part of their healing journey.

When she's not working, you can find Suzanne off hiking, biking, paddling or simply enjoying the outdoors. She claims that she will never be able to retire as her two young, very independent girls keep pursing biathlon at the national and international level, while also attending post-secondary school. She self-titled her autobiography Second chances, Third chances, Fourth Chances believing you can try to attain any dream possible. Getting up and continuing the race is just as important as winning.

Watêjabîgê Youth Camp carries on Stoney traditional teachings

Watêjabîgê Day Youth Camp carries on valued hunt and harvest traditions

Throughout August 2021, Stoney youth (aged 12-24) engaged in a day camp organized by Stoney Health Service’s Iyarhe Nakoda Youth program. A program supporting Stoney youth identity through practices rich in culture and tradition. 

Hunting, harvesting and preparing the hunt were this year’s focus.  Youth, camp coordinators and volunteers set off to locations around the reserve to participate in the day’s featured event. Each day was unique but when possible featured valuable teachings and guidance passed along from Stoney Elders and knowledge keepers, including Chief Clifford Poucette (Wesley First Nation) and Chief Aaron Young (Chiniki First Nation).

The first few week was grounded in foundational teaching. Some youth attained their firearms license and safety training while others fished, learned archery and hand games. Presentations from special guests rounded out the week: Alberta Fish and Wildlife shared info on indigenous hunting rights on and off-reserve, supported by the RCMP, while Stoney Fire Department offered fire safety tips and ways to safely set up a smokehouse.

Once the youth had the basic knowledge, they spent just over a week building smokehouses. This involved cutting trees for poles for the smokehouse. Once they had cut and collected the necessary amount, the group built a smokehouse at several lucky homes around the reserve. One smokehouse took the group about three hours to build including stripping the bark and building the structure. The youth also spent an afternoon at the rifle range and for some this was the first time they had shot a hunting rifle. 

The third and final week built on all of the previous weeks’ teachings with hunts and harvests and concluded with the event most looked forward to – the feast! Some youth participated in hunting and one youth harvested their first kill. The remaining group harvested wild mint, picked cranberries and blueberries. The youth were taught to skin and butcher the deer and began preparing the harvest for the week’s big feast at which the community gathered to celebrate and share in the harvest. Check out some highlights from the camp featured in photo galleries below.

Îsniyes – thank you to all who participated – community leaders, Elders, facilitators, the local RCMP detachment, Stoney Fire Department and Alberta Fish and Game staff. Most importantly, a big shout out to the youth and their parents for their commitment and enthusiasm for the program and its teachings. We hope to see you at activities this fall and plan for next year’s camp!

Building a smokehouse

Preparing the feast: all hands on deck

A Tribute to Residential School Survivors

In tribute and support of residential school survivors

The alarming news confirming hundreds of unmarked graves at the former residential school on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation near Kamloops sparked outrage this spring. It also renewed trauma for First Nations’ survivors and families of those loved ones who never returned. 

Now months later, thousands of graves have been uncovered across Canada. More are expected as First Nations’ communities continue the discovery process and determine how best to honour the memory of those who died, as well as support survivors.

Cultural Liaison Jeanette Wildman thanks those attending the tribute and shares some of history of residential schools in the Morley area.
Elder Tina Poucette shares her residential school experience

Stoney Nakoda Survivors

In Morley, there were one residential school, one orphanage on Jamieson Road east of Morley and three day school buildings, one of which is now the site of the current high school.

Stoney Health cultural liaison and residential school survivor Jeanette Wildman met with Nation Elders to determine an appropriate way to help the community grieve and continue the healing journey. 

At the Elders’ request, a tribute ceremony was scheduled in late August in advance of kids returning to school. 

Nation members were invited to share in the sacredness of a pipe ceremony and smudge.

Following the healing prayer service, Jeanette hosted a small ceremony for the larger community reflecting on her own experiences and sharing some of the atrocities and abuse that have been shared with her from family and community elders.

Survivors share experiences. Offer ways to encourage healing.

Survivors were welcome to come up and say a few words. Elder Tina Poucette and Chiniki Councilor Verna Powderface reflected on their experiences and offered insight into the community’s pain and grief.

Elder Poucette shared her perspectives on how survivors and the community might move forward. “We need a lot of healing in our communities. The social problems. The addictions, family violence…all are because of residential schools. We need to heal somehow so can learn to move forward without bitterness so that we an learn to forgive what happened to us.” 

She went on to confide, “Personally speaking, I had to learn to forgive. Forgiving someone frees you from that bondage to that person.”

After providing a brief background into Nation members distrust of non-community members, Councilor Verna Powderface spoke directly to those non-Nation members attending and advised on how to work with and in the community. She noted that “we were taught that everything is connected. That is the teaching of our ways. We lost some of our connection to the universe after contact.”

“You need to understand that intergenerational trauma extends beyond survivors to include their children and grandchildren,” she offered. “Understand that First Nation’s people are not how we choose to be. This is how we were made to be [through contact and assimilation]”. 

In closing she offered, “Try to understand and do the best you can.”

With guidance from the community, Jeanette plans to present more residential school workshops and offer survivors the opportunity to tell their stories.

A community walk is planned for National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30. All are welcome!

Unity and healing mark ‘Walk to Remember’

Unity and healing mark 'Walk to Remember'

The weather held out providing a great scene for A Walk to Remember marking International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. The Mînî Thnî community gathered to remember those lives tragically lost due to overdose, and educate and build awareness about the drug epidemic facing the community. (Article continues below).

Over 70 people gathered at the Stoney Tribal Administration and listened as community elders and leaders relived their own experiences – often sharing memories of a sibling, a child or other family member who had tragically passed away. Leaders called for a grassroots approach and challenged all community members and organizations to work together to overcome the harmful effects of addiction and help those who feel alone and unable to seek the help and support they need.

“The amount of overdose deaths has been heartbreaking,” noted organizer Alanna Kaquitts who works with the crisis support team. “It’s important to continue educating all community members about reducing the stigma and promote healing. As well, we need to continually inform community members who use drugs that they are not alone. They’re loved and that there is help (if they want it).”

Help is available. Along with first responders (Nakoda Emergency Management and the RCMP), the Mînî Thnî Crisis Support team is available as a 2nd or 3rd crisis responder or offer preventative support grounded in cultural and traditional practices for Nation members.

Counselors are available to provide grief, addiction and substance use counseling and the medical team provides treatments such as suboxone to help manage addictions and free Narcan/naloxone kits to respond to an opioid overdose. Contact 403-881-3920 for information and support.

Our hearts go out to the family members who walked some clutching a photo of a loved one who had died due to opioid poisoning. Thank you for allowing us to share in your grief and pay tribute to your loved one’s memory.

Special thanks to our community leaders and partner organizations.

  • Wesley First Nation Councilors Krista Hunter and Hank Snow
  • Bearspaw First Nation Councilor Anthony Bearspaw
  • Partners from Nakoda Emergency Services, Fire and the local RCMP detachment for your support and assistance with traffic control and keeping our walkers safe on the 3.5 km journey to the Chiniki Community Kitchen
  • All other organizations and community members who participated

We pledge to work together to raise awareness and continue offering resources and support to the community.

 

Get Vaccinated

Get Vaccinated

After a few weeks of zero positive COVID cases in our community, we now have 6 cases. The need to increase our vaccination rate is more important than ever as there are reported cases of the Delta variant in Morley. Delta spreads easily between people and may lead to more serious outcomes than other versions of COVID-19. In order to protect ourselves and our community, we need to be fully vaccinated.

Vaccines gives us a high level of protection from serious illness and death from COVID-19 variants, including Delta. The more people are vaccinated, the less opportunity the virus has to spread and develop new variants.

 

Morley COVID Vaccination Information - August 2021

Our vaccination rate in Morley is very low in comparison to Alberta and Canada. Currently, nation members with ONE DOSE of vaccine is currently 63.9% and the goal is have at least 80% vaccinated with at least one dose. Only 17.5% of nation members between the ages of 12 and 17 have one dose. 46.4% of adults 18 years and older have one dose.

Nation members with TWO DOSES of vaccine is currently 46.6% and the goal is have at least 80% vaccinated. Only 10.6% of nation members between the ages of 12 and 17 have one dose. 36% of adults 18 years and older have one dose.

Encourage family members to get fully vaccinated.  

A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember - #EndOverdose

International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2021
Join us to remember those we have lost to overdose and raise awareness about the epidemic affecting our community.
12 pm: Speakers, Lunch and Narcan Training
1 pm: Walk from STA Parking Lot to the Chiniki Community Kitchen

Please wear purple.
Call 403-881-2767 for information.

Residential School Children Tribute Ceremony

Tribute for Residential School Survivors

To honour and give respect to Morley Residential School survivors and those recently discovered in unmarked graves across the country.

Ceremony August 30
Pipe ceremony and smudge, starting at 12:30 pm
Welcome and speeches start at 1pm
Morley High School, southside (site of the former residential school)

Image credit: Andy Everson of the K’ómoks First Nation

Nakoda Head Start Open House

Nakoda Head Start Open House

Nakoda Head Start Open House

September 7, 2021
11 am – 1 pm
Head Start Building
Register, meet the staff, learning about the upcoming school year and other Stoney Health programs.
Contact 
Deanna Twoyoungmen @ 403-881-4200 for further details.