SLMHC remembers, honours first Elder in Residence Emily Gregg
Oct 19, 2023
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) would like to express sincere condolences to the family and extended family of Emily Gregg.
In 2006, Emily became the first Elder in Residence at SLMHC, under the Traditional Healing Program. In her role, she provided guidance and leadership in the development of the Medical Interpreter Program, the Traditional Healing Program, and she shared her knowledge wherever called. Being a gifted story teller and an Oji-Cree and Cree language specialist, she shared her archive of stories in her language to anyone who was willing to listen. In 2009, Emily was awarded the highly respected NAN Elder Award during the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Chiefs Keewaywin Conference held in Chapleau, Ontario.
Emily was a Kasabonika Lake band member and Residential School survivor. In 1969, Emily enrolled in a ten-month training program to become certified as a Community Health Representative. After successful completion of this training, she continued to work in her community providing health care.
SLMHC is honored and privileged to have had Emily as an Elder in Residence. Emily will be remembered for her giving spirit, courage, leadership, and the tremendous impact she’s had on healthcare both in the North and at SLMHC.