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Montreal’s Aboriginal population is growing rapidly, yet the community lacks a culturally safe and holistic health service center that is accessible to all Aboriginal people. On Friday, June 2, 2017 The Montreal Urban Aboriginal Health Centre (MUAHC) joined forces with Next City & Concordia University to co-create a 7-minute pitch for a $7,000 prize through the Vangaurd Conference Big Idea Challenge. An interdisciplinary team of 8 conference attendees worked with MUAHC leadership to design a short-term solution that would be a step in the right direction towards MUAHC’s goal to build a fully functioning and independent health center dedicated to Montreal’s Aboriginal population. The Big Idea was to transform an existing room within a new hospital site into a Healing and Teaching Lodge, where Aboriginal patients and their family/friends could come together to focus on wellness. Ultimately, the judges received an anonymous donation after the six presentations, and the Lodge was awarded $2,000 to implement the project.



Next City Vangaurd Team & MUAHC Mentors: Backrow – Carrie Martin, Michael Mendez, Antionette Carroll, Allie Kast, Jonathan Cha, Matthew Kennedy, Kate Clark

Front Row - Kirby Broadnax, Noel Doerner, Pascale C. Annoual

Site Visit: Traditional Listening Circle to Learn about the Community

Site Visit: Listening Circle Music

Site Visit: Listening Circle Smudging

Site Visit: Dream Catcher

Site Visit: Listening Group Participants – Members of the Community and Vanguards

Presentation at Concordia University’s DB Clarke Theatre

Three Groups Selected for Prize

Post-Presentation Group Huddle

Health Centre Proposal ENGLISH FINAL.pdf (1970 kB)
55 page Proposal