Kathy Loon is the Traditional Programs Manager at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre. Her professional background is business and corporate development. She started working for Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre in June 2013 with a mandate to further develop/implement the traditional programs within the Hospital. These programs include Wi’Chiwewin (patient/client support services), Odabidamagewin (governance & leadership program), Andaa’iwewin (traditional & ceremonial practices), Mashkiki (traditional medicines) and Miichim (traditional foods). Kathy is originally from Slate Falls First Nation. She is fluent in Ojibway and is an avid hunter and loves to net fish.
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
The Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre is a fully accredited 60-bed hospital and a 20-bed extended care facility. We provide health services to all residents within Sioux Lookout and surrounding area which includes 28 First Nations in Northwestern Ontario. We serve a population of approximately 33,000 people. “MenoYaWin” in the Anishinaabe language means “health, wellness, well-being” and refers to holistic healing and wellness, the “whole self being in a state of complete wellness.” Our care is based on recognizing the relationship of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of a person.
As a Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre employee, my vision is to work to build cultural bridges and provide case studies to other health care organizations who may wish to provide culturally safe care by providing traditional foods to the people they serve.