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.
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 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.
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, 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
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.
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.
Morley Community School Students help with fall harvest
Stoney Health’s Wathtech Living/nutrition team, partnered with the Morley Community School’s food academy program this year.
Back in May, food academy students helped plant potatoes back in May 2022. Over the summer, Stoney Health staff tended and watered the patch.
A new group of food academy students from grades 7 and 8 dropped by in September to help harvest bring in the harvest. The patch produced around 75 kg this season.
The students took the potatoes back to school to share with other students so they could take them home to their families.
Thanks, MCS grade 7 and 8 students.
Stoney Health Fair 2022 | Exhibitors
Stoney Health Services
- Community Health, TB Services
- Environmental Health
- Falls Prevention/Occupational Therapy
- Fitness Centre
- Harm Reduction
- Home & Community Care
- Iyarhe Nakoda Youth Program
- Mini Thni Crisis Support
- Primary Care
- Sexual Health
- Stoney Nakoda Adult Wellness Centre
- Stoney Nakoda Family Resource Centre
- Wathtech Living Nutrition and Diabetes Wellness
- Wellbaby & Immunization
- Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary
- Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS)
- Alberta Health Services, Cochrane Addiction and Mental Health
- Alberta Health Services, Community Education Services
- Alberta Health Services, Safeworks
- Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society, Parent Link
- Bow Valley Primary Care Network
- Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
- Canmore Hospital
- Children’s Cottage Society
- Cochrane Humane Society
- Cochrane Victim Services
- Eagle’s Nest Family Shelter
- Family Support for Children with Disabilities
- First Nations Health Consortium
- G4 Health
- Harmony Project – YWCA Banff
- Health Quality Council of Alberta
- Home Medical Solutions
- Indigenous Mental Health
- Injury Prevention, Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council
- Juniper Midwives
- Marigold Library System
- Mini Thni Dental
- Nakoda Emergency Services
- Nakoda Head Start
- PROASTAID Calgary Society
- R3 Orthotics
- Renfrew Education Services
- SAIT – Drone project
- Spirit North
- View Point Eye Care
- Wellness Empowerment Program
- Whealtland Crisis Society
- WildSmart (Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley)
- Wood’s Home Children’s Mental Health
Stoney Health Fair 2022
Stoney Health Service’s Health Fair | Mark your Calendars!
Stoney Health Services is excited to bring back our community health fair Wednesday, September 14
10 am – 4 pm
Bearspaw Youth Centre.
After the pandemic, it’s time to remind the community of all existing health and wellness programs, with an emphasis on mental health and addictions education, resources and support. This year’s theme is resiliency.
Stoney Health Fair Program, subject to change
- 8 am: Venue Open for Exhibit Set-up
- 9 am: Pipe Ceremony
- 10 am: Grand Entrance
- 10:30 am: Opening Ceremony
- 10 am: Exhibit Hall Open
- 10 am – 2 pm: Button Making with Marigold Library (child and youth activity)
- 11 am: Keynote address, Dr. Terry Poucette
- 12: 10 pm: Wellness Workshops (sign-up onsite)
- 1:00 pm: Opioid Antagonist Therapy (OAT) and Family Support
- 1:20 pm: Mental Wellness and Grounding
- 1:40 pm: Entertainment
- 2:00 pm: Wellness Workshops (sign-up onsite)
- 2:30 pm: Mindfulness/Coping with Anxiety (presenter: Trish Tutton)
- 3:30 pm: Closing Ceremonies
- 4:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Closes
Eligibility of COVID-19 vaccinations expands for 18+
Anyone 18 years or older is now eligible and is recommended to receive a 2nd booster (4th dose of a COVID vaccine).
Vaccine clinics continue to run Monday to Friday at the Stoney Health Centre, 10 am – 3:30 pm. Drop-ins welcome. No appointment required.
Note: Stoney Health Services is waiting for directions on COVID vaccinations for children 6 mos – 4 years, following Health Canada’s recent approval. Stoney Health Services will update our information and vaccine eligibility as soon as we can.