Members of Niki Robichaud’s (left front) textile class, along with Ally Dick (second from right, front), Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre Aboriginal patient liaison worker and Mel Bazil, Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, Storyteller and Cultural Advocate (right) display blankets the students made for Indigenous elders during hospital stays. (Thom Barker photo)

Youth create blankets for Indigenous elders

The blankets will be included in healthcare kits for Indigenous hospital patients

The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre has partnered with Smithers Secondary School’s textile class and Witset youth to provide homemade blankets and healthcare kits to Indigenous elders and clients of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital (BVDH).

Ally Dick is the Aboriginal patient liaison worker for the centre, who works out of the hospital supporting Indigenous people around access to healthcare services.

“A part of that is ensuring that their stay in the hospital be culturally appropriate and comfortable,” she said.

The blankets will be included with healthcare kits Dick and youth in Witset put together for the patients, which also include homemade health and hygiene products.

Funding of $2,000 came from the New Relationship Trust, a program of the B.C. First Nations Youth Grant initiative.

Members of the textile class sewed the blankets with fabric featuring First Nations designs.

Ariana Smith is a first-time student in the class, she said it was gratifying and a great learning experience.

“I thought it was really nice that we were trusted with this,” she said. “I thought it was nice what we were doing for them and I thought it would be fun to work on it. I’m not very talented at sewing … but I learned a lot from it.”

Beyond that, she felt like it was a meaningful endeavour.

“While we were making the blankets I thought a lot about the people who would be receiving them and, seeing the pattern, I thought it would mean a lot to them,” she explained.

A workshop was held in Witset, where young people added personal touches by writing greeting cards for the eventual recipients.

“The idea is that there would be an inter-generational connection between elders in the community and youth,” Dick said.

She was thrilled with the result of the project.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “It’s great to see the contribution of the youth. It’s just such a nice initiative to tie together different generations of people all for a good cause.”


Witset youth put together healthcare kits for Indigenous elders during hospital stays. (Submitted photo)

Just Posted

Coast Mountain College’s indigenization efforts recognized at international symposium

Collaboration and community are key to Indigenous reconciliation in education, CMTN says

Hudson Bay Mountain reschedules opening day for Nov. 29, citing warm temperatures, rain

The resort is asking people to upload “snow dance” videos to social media for a chance to win a hoodie

Cuts to provincial policing budget not expected to affect Smithers public saftety: RCMP

Province working with force to address project $10 million budget deficit

B.C. First Nation Chief Ed John faces historic sex charges

John served as minister for children and families under then-premier Ujjah Dosanjh

LNG Canada project gradually taking shape

Extensive worker camp now being assembled

VIDEO: B.C. man trapped under ATV for days shows promise at Victoria hospital

Out of induced coma, 41-year-old is smiling, squeezing hands and enjoying sunshine

B.C. taxi drivers no longer exempt from wearing a seatbelt

Before, taxi drivers were allowed to forego a seatbelt when driving under 70 kilometres an hour

Car dash covered in papers not an excuse for speeding, Delta police warn

After pulling driver over for speeding, police found his speedometer blocked by a stack of papers

B.C. woman seeks return of jewelry box containing father’s cremated remains

Sicamous RCMP report handmade box was stolen from a storage locker

Vancouver police officer charged with sexual assault in apparent off-duty incident

Jagraj Roger Berar, 51, of Surrey, charged in incident alleged to have happened in Whistler

CN Rail confirms job cuts as weakening economy cuts into freight volumes

Railroad also said it was affected by a slowdown in the B.C.’s forestry sector

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

New case of vaping-related illness in Quebec brings national total to 8

Quebec health minister considering tightening the rules around vaping products

Greens to vote against Liberal throne speech unless carbon targets toughened: May

Green leader Elizabeth May and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Friday, discussing common ground

Most Read