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Traditional culture is at the heart, a vital core component, of all programs and services. Degohnegaadeh is a word which means to blend – this suggests combining western and traditional healing approaches in a complementary fashion without losing the original integrity of each.
Programs and services are aligned with the stages of life within the medicine wheel. This is congruent with a life course approach and appropriately aligned with local cultural understandings.
Services are delivered in collaboration and coordination with partner First Nations and other health service providers. Fundamental to the forum discussions was the concept that partnership and the coordination of services with partners are fundamental to effectively meeting client needs.