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Louis Riel Day

On Louis Riel Day and every day, Prairie Mountain Health recognizes that we provide health services on the homeland of the Red River Métis Nation and on the original lands of First Nations and Inuit Peoples. Manitoba’s health authorities respect that First Nations treaties were made on these territories, acknowledge harms and mistakes, and we dedicate ourselves to collaborate in partnership with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in the spirit of reconciliation.

As we pursue equitable and trusted pathways to care for all Manitobans, we thank health-care workers of Métis ancestry for your efforts and commitment as members of a team dedicated to excellent patient care. Shared Health encourages all who deliver health services on the original lands of First Nations and Inuit peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation to recognize our ongoing obligation to the delivery of culturally safe care.

Health-care workers – and all Manitobans – are encouraged to take time to learn more about the contributions of Louis Riel and Métis peoples to our province.

Events in Prairie Mountain Health

Here are just a few events happening in our region for anyone to attend.

Events around the Province

  • Friday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Join the Office of the Vice-President (Indigenous) to celebrate Louis Riel Day at University of Manitoba’s Marshall McLuhan Hall, 204-UMSU University Centre! This free event will include short remarks, music (a fiddle jam session!) and lunch.
  • Feb. 16 – 25, Festival du Voyageur – Western Canada’s largest winter festival for the whole family with lots of entertainment including music, dancing, jigging, French-Canadian food, meeting historical characters, sculptures and much more.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Experience the life of a Voyageur with a Marsh twist during Voyageur Day at Oak Hammock Marsh! Try their friendly Voyageur-themed contests, competitions and games. Participate in their “Concours des Meilleurs” and take home some great bragging rights!
  • Sunday, Feb. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – The Richer Métis Local is hosting a Louis Riel Day Celebration at the Richer Young at Heart Hall located at 22 Dawson Rd. W in Richer, Manitoba that includes performers, kids activities as well as a hot meal of chili, bannock and hotdogs.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Journée Louis Riel / Louis Riel Day at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface in collaboration with the Manitoba Métis Federation featuring free admission, free bannock, launch of Tracy Charette Fehr’s project “Honouring our Mothers” and more.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Set your inner voyageur free at FortWhyte Alive! Spend Louis Riel Day playing voyageur games with FortWhyte volunteers, and enjoy some friendly competition between your family! Try your hand at tug-o-war, a voyageur relay, and other fun games.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Celebrate Louis Riel Day at The Forks for a day filled with family-friendly festivities, like: lively dance parties and lessons for the whole family, engaging arts and crafts, specially crafted kid menus and mocktails, and, of course, winter activities, attractions, and amenities that are unique to The Forks.
  • Monday, Feb. 19 – Freeze Frame Media Arts Centre for Young People will be presenting free movies for families at Dave Barber Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) on Louis Riel Day.
  • More Louis Riel Day events.
  • Manitoba is once again offering free park entry for the entire month of February so Manitobans and visitors can take advantage of the many winter activities available in provincial parks.
  • Manitobans are encouraged to get outside and explore fishing opportunities throughout the province during this year’s Winter Family Fishing Weekend. From Feb. 17 to Feb. 19, anglers may fish without a licence in the province, except in national parks where a federal angling licence is still required.
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Brandon Regional Health Centre announces the arrival of its New Year’s Baby

Pictured is mom Ashley, new baby girl Eden and Ashley’s mom, Divona Pinder

The Brandon Regional Health Centre is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2024 New Year’s baby!
Baby girl Eden was born at 11:53 am January 1, 2024. She weighed 7 pounds 4.6 oz and was 21 inches long.
Proud parents are Ashley Blaylock and Simon Brock of Brandon.
Eden was given a lovely gift basket with books, picture frames, stuffed animals and much more donated by the Brandon Regional Health Centre Gift Shop. Mom Ashley also received a beautiful bouquet from Carolyn’s Florist in Brandon.
Prairie Mountain Health and the Brandon Regional Health Centre congratulate the family and their new daughter!

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December 2023 Donations for PMH

Parkland Rangers Hockey Fights Cancer Night another success

Members of the U18 AAA Parkland Rangers were on hand in three local communities December 14 to present proceeds from their ‘Hockey Fights Cancer Night’, which was held back on October 20 when the team played host to the U18 Brandon Wheat Kings. The annual recognition night raised a total of $4000 dollars, with a split of $1,338 presented to three Community Cancer Programs within the Prairie Mountain Health region. Cancer Care Units in Dauphin, Russell and Swan River were grateful to receive the contributions, which were primarily raised through game night donations, door prizes and a raffle draw.

Fuel Good Day – Birtle Gas Bar

Twin Valley Coop selected the Birtle Sunnyside Personal Care Home Activities Department as the recipient of their 2023 Fuel Good Day donations in September.

Accepting a donation of $700.00 is Kari Fouillard, Marketing & Community Relations Manager; Jenna Hohmann, Recreation Facilitator; Tracey Howe, Recreation Worker.

Grit Force Fitness Donates to Neepawa Chemo Unit

Grit Force Fitness donated $1000 to the Neepawa Chemo Unit from their Second Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Workout. Kristi Friesen Cancer Care Nurse from Neepawa accepted the donation from Sheri Hockins, owner Of Grit Force.

Stuffy Donation for Pediatric Unit

Devan Bradley is a dedicated volunteer at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, he volunteers his time in the surgical suite and visiting long-term patients. Devon brings a smile to patients’ faces regularly and has now extended these smiles to the pediatric unit. Devan raised 800 dollars in donations through his YouTube channel @Headupthrottledown, he used these donations to purchase stuffed animals for the pediatric unit. Volunteer Services and Prairie Mountain Health would like to thank Devan for his efforts and generous donation.

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Brandon Wheat Kings Help PMH Spread the Warmth

Thank you!

Prairie Mountain Health would like to thank the following people and businesses for helping make our Spread the Warmth campaign a success at the November 17th Brandon Wheat Kings game!

Thank you to all attendees who brought donations! We collected new mitts, gloves, toques, socks and underwear to help our more vulnerable population during the cold winter months.  The items collected will be given out to our various programs and services, such as our Emergency Departments, 7th Street Health Access Centre and Public and Mental Health offices.

Thank you to everyone who purchased pucks for the Chuck-A-Puck event; we raised $760 that will be used to purchase hygiene products and other necessities to help people in the community.

Thank you to the following businesses for their generous donations toward the Spread the Warmth prize pack that was given to lucky winner Emmy!

  • Brandon Regional Health Centre Gift Shop
  • Brandon Home Hardware Building Centre
  • CAA Brandon
  • Heritage CO-OP
  • Komfort Kitchen Brandon
  • Landmark Cinemas
  • Shoppers Mall Brandon
  • Smitten Brandon
  • Treeforte
  • Victoria Inn Brandon
Thank you to our volunteers for helping at the game!

Congratulation Emmy on winning the prize pack!

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What You Can Do Heading into Respiratory Virus Season

Respiratory viruses are common, and they tend to spread more easily during cooler weather when Manitobans spend more time indoors with others. Viruses including Influenza (Flu) and Covid are contagious, and can have similar and overlapping symptoms.

People who have a respiratory virus often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some may have vomiting and diarrhea (though more common in children)

Respiratory viruses can infect the nose, throat and lungs and cause mild to severe, and sometimes fatal illness. Most viruses are spread when people cough, sneeze or talk, and droplets land in the mouth or nose of nearby people. A person may also become infected by touching an object that has a virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. Young children, seniors, and people with certain health conditions are at a higher risk of respiratory illness complications.

The BEST ways to reduce your risk and potential complications:

  • Get vaccinated, stay home when sick, wash hands frequently, cover your cough/sneeze, and wear a mask in high-risk situations

This respiratory virus season, updated Covid and Flu vaccine doses are recommended for all Manitobans 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for individuals who are considered high risk, those over the age of 65, and children under 5 years of age.

Manitoba Health continues to offer Pneumococcal 23 and High-Dose (HD) Flu vaccines to people 65 years of age and older. Most adults over 65, without underlying health conditions, only require one lifetime dose of pneumococcal vaccine. The High Dose Flu vaccine contains more antigen that older adults need to build a strong immune response resulting in better protection against the Flu virus.

You can get your Flu, Covid and Pneumococcal vaccines at a local community clinic, pharmacy, or your Primary Care Provider. All vaccines can be given safely at the same visit. It is recommended to receive your Covid vaccine 6 months since your last dose. Talk to your health care provider to determine the best time for you to be vaccinated.

Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) Flu and Covid Vaccine Clinics will be starting October 23rd.  For clinic dates and locations continue to check the PMH website and our Social Media pages (FacebookInstagramTwitter). 

Once again, this year you will be able to book your vaccine appointment online or call toll free 1-844-626-8222.

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International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day. On this day, we take the time to remember those we have lost due to overdose/toxic drug poisoning and commit to ending the stigma around substance use. You can help end overdose. Free naloxone training and kits are available at select PMH sites and from the PMH Community Connections van. Prairie Mountain Health also offers RAAM clinics for those looking to get help with high-risk substance use. For more information about International Overdose Awareness Day, visit #EndOverdose #OverdoseAware #IOAD2022

Prairie Mountain Health Staff will be at events in the following communities on Wednesday, August 31 in support of International Overdose Awareness Day.

  • Brandon | Princess Park | 12pm to 3pm – Details
  • Erickson | Southquill Foodbank | 11am to 3pm – Details
  • Gambler First Nations | Ball Diamond | 11am to 3pm – Details
  • Swan River | Manitoba Harm Reduction Network Building | 12 pm to 3 pm – Details
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Back to School Lunches – Keep it SIMPLE

Safe – Make sure to wash hands and prep area before making lunches.  Keep cold food cold – use an insulated lunch kit with an ice pack. Keep hot foods hot – an insulated food container can keep soups, stews, curries etc. hot and avoid line-ups for a microwave. For more food safety information go to Food Safety (

Ingredients – Include a variety of vegetables and fruit, whole grains and protein foods. This will provide the energy and nutrients children and youth need throughout the day to learn. Simple rule of thumb is to try to pack fruit and/or vegetables with each meal and snack. There are lots of options that can reflect taste, culture, and budget. See Canada’s Food Guide for great tips and recipes.

Major source of nutrients for the day – Many children and youth spend a large portion of their day at school; packing enough and a variety of food is key. They need essential vitamins and minerals to grow and develop.  Their appetites will differ sometimes daily depending on their rate of growth, activity etc. Some days they will eat a lot and sometimes a little. Trust them to eat as much or as little as they need.

Plan and Prep – Help children love their lunch by including them in the process. Make putting a lunch together simple by having a variety of prepped and ready to pack vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein foods. Go through the grocery flier with children/youth and let them pick out a few items they would like in their lunch. This makes them feel like part of the process and can increase their food skills, get them to try new foods, and decrease the amount of food that comes home uneaten.

Let children and youth eat their lunch in whatever order they want to – Help them accept that there are different ways of eating and there is no right or wrong way.  Asking children to eat one food before another reinforces that there are 2 categories of foods; good/healthy and bad/unhealthy. Labelling food this way can lead to feelings of guilt and confusion. This can interfere with their relationship with food. Foods cannot be neatly categorized. What is healthy and normal for one person might be different for another.

Enjoy! – Lunches should be enjoyable, try to pack a well-liked food such as an energy ball, mini chocolate bar, favourite dip, or a muffin. See Zack enjoy making his lunch here Healthy school lunch – YouTube

References: Healthy eating at school – Canada’s Food Guide

Food and Body Talk: The power of language to shape children’s mental health. Online course.

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