Collaboration to Inform Strategic Planning: Developing the Alliances to Expand the Traditional Indigenous Sweat Lodge Ceremony within Alberta Health Services
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This inquiry addressed actions suggested by the United Nations and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, by focusing on collaboration to inform strategic planning within Alberta Health Services (AHS). I posed the research question: What actions are required to expand the traditional Indigenous sweat lodge ceremony within Alberta Health Services? I used an action research engagement methodology and interviewed Elders, a Cultural Helper, and Indigenous community members who informed cultural protocols and holistic health needs and conducted a focus group with AHS administrative employees, who provided perspectives on how AHS could support these cultural protocols and holistic health needs. Findings addressed the current state, benefits, and protocols surrounding the traditional Indigenous sweat lodge ceremony and future actions required. Recommendations focus on establishing a strong foundation in order to successfully address the concerns raised by the United Nations and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.