Patient and Peer Support

Indigenous Peer Support, Patient Relations and Elder-in-Residence

The Indigenous Peer Support and Relations Advocate and our Elder-in-Residence provide culturally-relevant support and advocacy for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) patients and their families through the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health (GCWP-IH) at Women’s College Hospital (WCH).

The Indigenous Peer Support and Relations Advocate can provide, but are not limited to, the following services:

  • One on one peer support  
  • Coordinating access to Indigenous community partners and organizations 

  • Facilitating supports including cultural and spiritual needs with Elders-In-Residence for patients and their families

  • Accessing traditional medicines 
  • Collaborating with Community Elders

The Indigenous Peer Support and Relations Advocate nurtures a collective sense of community for Indigenous patients and their families, collaborating alongside the GCWP-IH, Elder in Residence. Our services are open to Indigenous patients at WCH and Indigenous community members who reside within the Greater Toronto Area who are accessing health services.

The Elder-in-Residence at the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health (GCWP-IH) offers wisdom, support, guidance, and ceremony rooted in spiritual truths of the Indigenous people, nations, and communities we serve. They also contribute to the wellbeing of the GCWP-IH and its staff by offering ceremonies of healing. The Elder-in-Residence works alongside the Indigenous Peer Support and Relations Advocate to improve healthcare providers’ understanding of Indigenous peoples’ needs and health systems.


  • This rooftop garden was created to provide WCH and GCWP-IH staff, patients/clients, and learners access to traditional medicine.

  • Launched in May 2023, this program consists of a series of workshops or creative circles designed to provide employees with the opportunity to connect and socialize in a non-professional environment. Providing staff with the opportunity to foster their creative capacities and connect in this setting can promote personal wellbeing and community. GCWP-IH art circles are designed to enrich the workplace environment of all WCH staff and are intended to have both individual as well as organizational benefits.

  • This project involved creation of sacred medicine bundles which served to provide access to traditional medicine to Indigenous patients and community members when they attend WCH clinics other than GCWP-IH. Six clinics were invited to accept these bundles; SA/DVCC, Mental Health, RAAM, Family Practice Health Centre, Bay Centre, and Covid Centre.

  • Led by Christine Monague and Elder-In-Residence Kawennanoron Cindy White The Indigenous

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  • First Nations, Inuit and Metis patients and community members will be

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