Every year the Kingston Aboriginal Community Information Network (KACIN) chooses an organization to receive the City of Kingston’s Proclamation on Aboriginal Peoples. The proclamation announces to the community that the month of June is Aboriginal month with a special day of celebration at City Hall on National Aboriginal Day, June 21.
“It is very important to us that the city recognizes that Aboriginal People are an integral part of our community and have always been here”, says community member Paul Carl.
This year KACIN chose the South East Regional Cancer Program (SERCP) to receive the Aboriginal Peoples Proclamation in recognition of their support of the health of the Indigenous community in our region.
Brenda Carter, Regional Vice President of Cancer Services received the award on behalf of the regional program and acknowledged that, ”The regional cancer program is pleased to be recognized by KACIN for our commitment to supporting the special health care needs of the Aboriginal patients across South Eastern Ontario. Our teams continue to work on new ways of engaging and welcoming this community into a complex heath care setting while honouring traditional beliefs and practices.”
As part of their ongoing commitment to improving cultural awareness and understanding for Aboriginal patients, SERCP in partnership with Kingston General Hospital (KGH) recently opened an Indigenous all nations healing room to enable traditional practices while in hospital. See grand opening event details.