Indigenous Engagement

We call upon those who can effect change within the Canadian healthcare system to recognize the value of Indigenous healing practices and use them in the treatment of Indigenous patients in collaboration with Indigenous healers and Elders where requested by Indigenous patients.

As a continuum of healthcare in our community, the Wellness Institute is committed to fostering Indigenous engagement and working towards reconciliation. We strive to uphold the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s Calls to Action alongside health leaders and institutions nationwide.

We’re proud to be connected to the Seven Oaks General Hospital (SOGH) Campus, a health institution that offers Indigenous language interpretation, cultural programming and spiritual care. Learn more about Indigenous health at SOGH.


Reconciliation Garden

Thanks to generous donations from the community and the Winnipeg Foundation, the SOGH and the Wellness Institute opened the Reconciliation Garden in October 2022.

Developed in consultation with Indigenous elders and community, the space is designed to:

  1. Foster an environment of inclusion
  2. Create Dialogue
  3. Enhance a natural setting for reflection
  4. Provide the opportunity for horticultural therapy

The garden features traditional plants, culturally significant details and opportunities to gather. At its heart is a cedar turtle carved by Peter Symchuk, the hospital’s Director of Facility Services, representing Truth, one of the Seven Sacred Teachings.

We thank the Winnipeg Foundation, ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design, Bedrock Landscaping and the community for their support.