Brightshores Health System is situated on the traditional territory of the Nawash and Saugeen Nations, a place that has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst many First Nations including the Iroquois Confederacy, Huron/Wendat, Abenaki, and Anishinabek.

Brightshores supports the original spirit and intent of our Treaty Relations under the values of respect, mutual reciprocity and friendship. We partner with our Indigenous communities to provide and protect exceptional care; foster strong partnerships and build healthy communities.

Grey Bruce is home to two First Nation communities- Saugeen First Nation and Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. Brightshores is committed to providing health equity to all members of our communities as we work with our Indigenous neighbours and community partners to ensure culturally appropriate services and structures are in place through the following initiatives.


Aboriginal Patient Navigator Services

In collaboration with Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, Brightshores provides access to Aboriginal Patient Navigators at the patient’s request, learn more here.


Brightshores recognizes the importance of smudging as a traditional healing practice, and works with patients and families to facilitate smudging within hospital where possible.