Saturday , 25 September 2021
(L-R) Annette Hobart, Community Board Member, Shelly Franklin, Site Administrator for Covenant Health, Dixie Dahlstedt, Chairperson of the Covenant Health Community Board and Ann Chislett, Admin Assistant. Arthur C. Green/Lakeland Connect

Bonnyville Health Centre unveils Indigenous land acknowledgement signage

The Bonnyville Health Centre is committed to acknowledging Indigenous land and culture in their facilities with new acknowledgment signage.

On Monday, May 3, the signage which reads “A place of wellness and healing” was unveiled in the front lobby and the emergency department of the health centre by board members who say it is an important step for Covenant Health.

One of two signs just recently unveiled. This announcement was held in the front lobby of the Bonnyville Health Centre on May 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. Arthur C. Green/Lakeland Connect

Shelly Franklin is the Site Administrator for Covenant Health.

“We’re pleased to unveil our indigenous land acknowledgment signage to the Bonnyville Health Centre acknowledging Indigenous land and culture in our facility is an important step to recognize the treaty land or the traditional territory in which we live in work,” Franklin explained. “It also is recognizing the Truth and Reconciliation. This signage is to acknowledge traditional indigenous land in healthcare facilities and to recognize the appropriate treaty land Métis regions.”

Franklin says these signs were developed in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders, including their Tribal Councils, DHS Wisdom Council, Indigenous patient liaisons, patients, and families.

The Covenant family Indigenous advisory body was established in 2020 and is comprised of Indigenous team members committed to engaging with their teams and community partners to advance Covenant Health’s commitment to indigenous health and awareness.

“The Bonnyville Health Centre is committed to establishing and maintaining positive connections to Indigenous Communities. We believe making clear our treaty and land acknowledgments is an important step in this journey,” says Franklin.

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About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner!