June is an important month in Canada, as the provinces commemorate National Indigenous History Month and take time to honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and vital contributions of Indigenous Peoples across the country.
At AgeCare, we strive to provide person-centred and culturally appropriate care and services for our residents. Recently, we rolled out a new menu at our community in Strathmore, Alberta and worked with our hospitality partner Aramark to incorporate four Indigenous menu items, including Bison’s Shepard’s Pie, Baked Cod Tail, Three Sisters Soup, and Saskatoon Berry Jam.
“We consulted with a member of the Siksika Nation when creating these recipes,” said Glenda Boc, Executive Director at AgeCare Sagewood. “She vetted the recipes to ensure they were authentic to this region. So far, the menu items are very well-received!”
AgeCare is committed to working towards reconciliation, cultural safety and humility to positively impact the health and wellness of Indigenous people residing in our communities. We know they are vital components of Canada’s commitment to reconciliation, as supported by the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (TRC).
“We are working with an Indigenous-led social enterprise in Calgary to create a Sacred Medicine Garden on the Sagewood grounds,” said Glenda. “All the elements in the design will be very purposeful, and we intend to create a sign that will indicate the symbolism of each item, so those who enjoy the garden will understand the significance.”
“We are all very committed and proud of the steps we continue to take at AgeCare, to honour the Indigenous Peoples and ensure they see themselves and their traditions reflected in our communities,” said Glenda.