Children’s Hospital Offers Welcoming Space for Indigenous Patients and Families
August 29, 2018
Hamilton Health Sciences has opened a family room at McMaster Children’s Hospital where patients and families can learn about or participate in Indigenous culture. The room is dedicated to the memory of Makayla Sault, of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, President of McMaster Children’s Hospital, said, “We are grateful to Makayla’s parents, Ken and Sonya Sault, and many other Indigenous community leaders who have provided guidance as we work to become a culturally aware, safe and welcoming place for Indigenous patients and their families.”
On August 28, 2018, family and friends of Makayla Sault gathered to remember Makayla and
dedicate the room to her memory. “Makayla was an intelligent, athletic, and sensitive young girl and we miss her deeply. Our focus in creating this space has been to honour her life and educate others so that patients, families and health care providers can work together to provide culturally sensitive care,” said Sonya Sault.
Designed with direction from Ken and Sonya Sault, the room also features a large wall mural created by Six Nations artist Jay Havens.
Located on the third floor at McMaster University Medical Centre, the room is open to all Children’s Hospital families. It features a small kitchenette, comfortable seating, activities for children and their families, as well as a space to store cultural supplies. The room was funded by the 2016 sale of the Hamilton Health Sciences’ Inuit art collection, which was then donated by the purchaser to the Art Gallery of Hamilton for its permanent collection