Emergency Departments at Horizon’s regional hospitals are extremely short staffed this weekend and priority will be given to trauma and critical care patients. Patients with non-urgent medical issues may experience long wait times.

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Indigenous Health

Horizon provides health care to people living on the traditional Wabanaki territory, part of which is what is now known as New Brunswick. We are working to improve services for Indigenous people living within and outside First Nation communities.

Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq First Nation communities within New Brunswick are:

  • Amlamgog (Fort Folly)
  • Elsipogtog (Big Cove)
  • Esgenoôpetitj (Burnt Church)
  • L’nui Menikuk (Indian Island)
  • Matawaskiye (Madawaska)

  • Metepenagiag Mi’kmaq Nation
    (Red Bank)
  • Natoaganeg (Eel Ground)
  • Neqotkuk (Tobique)
  • Oinpegitjoig (Pabineau)
  • Pilick (Kingsclear)
  • Sitansisk (Saint Mary’s)
  • Tjipogtotjg (Buctouche)
  • Ugpi’ganjig (Eel River Bar)
  • Welamukotuk (Oromocto)
  • Wotstak (Woodstock)

Indigenous Patient Navigators

Horizon has recently welcomed two Indigenous Patient Navigators (IPNs), Shyanne Tatton and Wanda Ward, to the Population Health team.

As IPNs, Shyanne and Wanda are a resource and point of contact for Indigenous clients and their families, health care providers and community members, to ensure the provision of care is culturally safe and client centred. They facilitate access to services, including traditional healing approaches, and foster greater cultural awareness.

Originally from Natoaganeg (Eel Ground) First Nation here in New Brunswick, Shyanne is based out of Horizon’s Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (DECRH) in Fredericton. While based out of the DECRH, Shyanne support Indigenous clients’ needs at Horizon’s Oromocto Public Hospital, Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville, and Hotel-Dieu of St. Joseph in Perth-Andover.



Originally from Metepenagiag (Red Bank) First Nation here in New Brunswick, Wanda is based out of Horizon’s Miramichi Regional Hospital. She is available to support the needs of Indigenous clients at any Horizon facility in the Miramichi area.

IPNs open doors to a safer experience for Indigenous patients in Horizon facilities – a place where their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health will all be cared for at once.

For more information or to receive support from one of Horizon’s IPNs, please email Indigenous.Health@HorizonNB.ca.

Indigenous Liaison Committee

The committee reports to the VP of Community. The main purpose is to provide assistance to the Horizon Board, management, and health care personnel in order to obtain a good understanding of the particular health care needs, concerns and interests of the First Nations.

The Committee’s work should assist in assuring consistent quality, effectiveness and efficiency; and promote cultural sensitivity in the provision of health care to all those served by Horizon.

Traditional Indigenous Health Messages

We are proud to display a collection of posters featuring traditional Indigenous health messages within our regional facilities starting this fall.

At Horizon, we continue to work to create respectful and inclusive health services that support Indigenous culture and values.

The Horizon Indigenous Liaison Committee supported this work, which brought together beautiful artwork by local artists as well as health messages developed by the Natoaganeg Language Committee. A special thank you to Opolahsomuwehs and the Natoageneg Language Committee for translating these messages.

Natoageneg Language Committee Members: Lois Augustine, Madeline Ward, Josie Trevors, Freeman Patles, Freda Simon, Mary Ginnish and Carol Ann Francis.

Smudging Ceremonies at Horizon

Photo of smudge bowl

Smudging ceremonies are available across Horizon when requested. Horizon’s Smudging Policy ensures staff can facilitate smudging requests made by patients and their families in a safe and respectful way.

Horizon’s smudging policy was developed under the guidance of the Indigenous Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Population Health team. There was broad consultation over a two-year period, with the ILC, Elders, and key stakeholders across Horizon.

Offering traditional smudging ceremonies when possible aligns with Horizon’s patient and family centred approach to care, and our values, and is an important step forward in strengthening Horizon’s working relationship with First Nations, while enhancing our cultural competency and the safety of our patients and clients.

Sacred Medicines

The sacred medicines of sage, sweetgrass and cedar are now available in some Horizon facilities.

Patients may request sacred medicines during their hospital stay at one of the following Horizon facilities:

  • Charlotte County Hospital (St. Stephen)
  • Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital (Fredericton)
  • Hotel-Dieu St. Joseph (Perth-Andover)
  • Miramichi Regional Hospital
  • The Moncton Hospital
  • Oromocto Public Hospital
  • Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation (Fredericton)
  • Upper River Valley Hospital (Waterville)

Patients and families are encouraged to talk to staff about ways they can help to support your cultural and spiritual needs.

For more information on the Indigenous Liaison Committee, availability of sacred medicines or other initiatives please email Indigenous.Health@HorizonNB.ca.

To discuss your health care experience, please click here, to contact the Patient Representative in your area.