The Medicine Working Group, Gu Nähtsey’s, commitment to promoting wellness in the Yukon through sharing Traditional Knowledge led them to a wonderful trip to Whitehorse. The group packed up one Sunday morning and set off on the six hour drive excited to visit the First Nations Health Programs at Whitehorse General Hospital and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre. While visiting the First Nations Health Programs, the group had the opportunity to tour the Nä Kų Healing Room. This was an incredible experience for the group, and everyone left feeling grateful to have these services offered in Yukon Hospitals. The group shared heartfelt experiences and had important discussions around the importance of creating healing spaces for Indigenous patients and their families.  

After a beautiful visit to the Nä Kų Healing Room and with the First Nations Health Programs, the group headed over to the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre where Kwanlin Dün First Nation graciously welcomed us with open arms. There, we had the opportunity to speak with the Director of Health and Wellness who shared with us the important work that they do. It is important to the group that we learn from others and exchange Traditional Knowledge, so it is not to be lost. This was an opportunity for us to learn their approach to wellness and discuss the potential for future collaboration that would facilitate the sharing of Traditional Knowledge.

Gu Nähtsey is grateful for the First Nations Health Programs and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation staff to have welcome us and contributed towards the sharing of Traditional Knowledge and healing practices amongst Yukon First Nations. The group was filled with gratitude to have had this experience and collaboration with other First Nations in our beautiful territory.  

Author: Jamie Thomas