The Friendship Centre is introducing its newest program this afternoon, the Northern Indigenous Health Alliance.
Cultural Navigator of NIHA Natascha Okimaw says it is a five-year project involving Peace River, High Level, High Prairie and part of Fort McMurray, to offer support.
“Supports for people living with HIV, hepatitis C, STI’s and other bloodborne pathogens and to connect them to traditional, Indigenous ceremonies, medicines and elders, as well as providing information on these sexually transmitted and bloodborne diseases.”
She says they will also provide information and preventative programming.
“Ultimately it is to have everybody know their status, so it’s encouraging people to go in and get tested and just to be aware of their status.”
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce at the Friendship Centre beginning at 11:30 a.m. It’s open to the public.