First Nations Health Cultural Programs
Whitehorse General Hospital (WGH) has been serving traditional foods to First Nations, Inuit and Metis patients for more than 20 years. These foods are an important part of the daily lives, health culture and identity of many Yukon First Nations people and help to create a comforting, healing and familiar environment for patients when they are in hospital.
- a special menu is offered to First Nations, Inuit and Metis patients during their stay at WGH and Watson Lake Community Hospital
- moose and caribou broths, soups, stews and bannock are the most commonly served meals
- if you are interested in having traditional foods during your stay in the hospital, please ask your Health & Social Liaison Worker for more information
All wild game comes from local hunters, outfitters or conservation officers. Our Traditional Foods Program is always looking for more donations. If you are interested in giving or would like more information, please contact the Cultural Programs Coordinator at 867-393-8876.
We also provide awareness of traditional medicines and assist First Nations, Metis and Inuit patients to access traditional healing methods during their hospital stay.
provide information and awareness about the uses of various medicines available from the land
assess patients to determine the need and ability to receive traditional medicine
consult with health care professionals in planning care for First Nations, Inuit and Metis patients
provide counseling and spiritual support to patients and their families
gathers medicine from the land
gathers on-going knowledge from Elders
Cultural Education Opportunities
At Yukon Hospitals, we strive to promote culturally appropriate and safe care for First Nations, Inuit, and Metis Patients. We listen to and treat every patient with respect and dignity in a timely manner. As part of your care, we plan and coordinate cultural learning opportunities for hospital staff, including events, workshops and resource library.