On a sunny September afternoon, when the air exterior was crisp with the apparent arrival of fall, Indigenous Well being employees gathered to arrange, prepare dinner, and feast in celebration of the autumn equinox.
The annual occasion brings members of the Indigenous Well being workforce collectively to honour the altering seasons.
“The autumn equinox, which takes place on September 22, coincides with the primary day of fall and represents the stability of day and evening, throughout a time of harvest,” stated Stephanie Van Haute, Director of Affected person Providers for Indigenous Well being with the Winnipeg Regional Well being Authority (WRHA).
Throughout this gathering, members of the IH workforce labored collectively by the afternoon to arrange each fried and baked bannock in addition to a big pot of chili.
“With the ability to come collectively as a workforce type of reminds us that there’s a complete group of individuals supporting one another as we do that work,” added Van Haute. “Gathering to prepare dinner and break bread can also be an necessary a part of Indigenous tradition as a complete. Whereas chili isn’t essentially one thing that our ancestors hunted for, it’s a meal many people grew up with, particularly when accompanied by bannock.”
The gathering was an necessary alternative for Indigenous Well being employees to come back collectively, share experiences, and have fun accomplishments. Employees had been additionally capable of mirror on the upcoming Nationwide Day for Reality and Reconciliation, which shall be acknowledged on September 30, with numerous occasions supported by Indigenous Well being within the days main as much as this necessary day of remembering and reflection.
“Celebrating success is necessary for our workforce. It was fantastic to have the ability to come collectively.”
For Nationwide Day for Reality and Reconciliation assets, occasions and extra, please go to https://sharedhealthmb.ca/about/neighborhood/indigenous-health/orange-shirt-day/.