Kirkland and District Hospital creates a Healing Space

 

In working with the Indigenous community, a Healing space has been created at the Kirkland and District Hospital. With guidance and partnership from the Matachewan and Beaverhouse First Nations, a ceremony was held on July 27, 2019 to mark the official opening of the room called the “Healing Centre”. This Healing Centre is a space of healing for patients and families while at the Kirkland and District Hospital. The Healing Centre was blessed with a smudging ceremony lead by Barney Batisse, Elder and Councillor and former Chief of Matachewan First Nations and joined by Elders from the Matachewan and Beaverhouse First Nations. This was followed by a joint drumming ceremony from the Beaverhouse and Matachewan First Nations drummers.


Smudging is a traditional ceremony for spiritual cleansing, medicinal purposes or a blessing. The ceremony involves prayer and the burning of one or more of the four sacred medicines: sage, tobacco, cedar and sweet grass. A smudge is led by a person who understands what it is and why it is done. That person may be an Elder or a traditional teacher who is knowledgeable about the tradition of smudging.


For more information about the Healing Centre, please contact:

Cindy Honeyborne, Communications, Quality and Patient Safety Leader, Englehart & Kirkland District  Hospitals at 705-567-5251 ext. 3202.