Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority marked National Indigenous Peoples Day by opening the doors to the newest home for healing in the Sioux Region. Omamun Ziibiis, which means Vermillion River in Anishinabe, is the name given to the recently acquired lodge and adjoining grounds. These will be used for healing and other SLFNHA programming. The grounds were formerly known as River’s Edge Lodge, located on highway 664.
The event included a pancake breakfast and tours of the grounds. There was also horseshoe toss and lawn bowling to help break in the newly dubbed Omamun Ziibiis. SLFNHA was also honoured to be hosting special guests Chief Clifford Bull, of Lac Seul First Nation, and Mayor Doug Lawrence, of Sioux Lookout, who both shared their support for the new site.
SLFNHA is proud to present this newly renovated and accessible place for healing for the First Nations it serves, on National Indigenous Peoples Day. The Health Authority also acknowledges the camp is situated on the traditional territory of Lac Seul First Nation, signatory to Treaty 3. Miigwetch to all that joined to celebrate this new step for SLFNHA on National Indigenous Peoples Day.
“We’re excited to present Omamun Ziibiis, a location that provides accessible health services connected to the land and the people we serve. This is another step in our organization’s move toward taking control of our own health care. It is important that our people find healing and recovery while having access to the land and this camp helps in that way. Today we are happy to share that the camp is officially open and will be functioning for the benefit of our people.”
– James Morris, CEO and President, SLFNHA
“I believe the facility will greatly enhance the mental well-being and recovery of the people in our region. Being on the land and close to the water is conducive to healing”
– Chief Clifford Bull, Lac Seul First Nation
“It’s a privilege to be part of the opening of Omamun Ziibiis. The camp situated on the traditional territory of Lac Seul First Nation, will provide a naturally beautiful setting for people coming to Sioux Lookout for medical needs. The ability for SLFNHA to provide land-based programming at this camp will be supportive for clients. We congratulate SLFNHA on the grand opening of the Omamun Ziibiis.”
– Mayor Doug Lawrence, Sioux Lookout, Ontario