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Native American Heritage Day

Posted on November 23rd, 2021

Native American Heritage Day, otherwise and perhaps better considered as Indigenous People’s Day or First Nations Day, is a state and national holiday celebrating and honoring the history and culture of Indigenous People’s in the United States. Various states have opted to have this observed in the fall throughout September, October, and November. Since 2014 in Washington State, it has been observed on the following Friday after the fourth Thursday in November.

Indigenous peoples have inhabited the lands of the Pacific Northwest since time immemorial. The Coast Salish tribes that live within the service area of Hospice of the Northwest have rich and thriving cultures and are an integral part of our community.

At Hospice of the Northwest, we are honored to work alongside the tribes to provide the best end-of-life care possible, with dignity, respect, and cultural humility in mind. We lift up diversity in our community, learning and growing as we evolve and understand more of the history and the current challenges community siblings face each day. We respect our patients’ and families” communal and individual needs and work with them for the best possible outcomes.

Halley Harris, MSW

It is a great honor to work alongside various indigenous families who live in the area Hospice of the Northwest serves. I grew up here next to the Tulalip Reservation, home to a sovereign nation hosting several specific Coast Salish tribes. In my professional life, as a hospice social worker, I have had the privilege to work with residents from the Swinomish Tribe up in LaConner. I have also learned a great deal from local powwows and the Hibulb Cultural Center.

I take my responsibility to care for my patients in a culturally responsive and humble way very seriously. One more thing I love about where I work is that my values align with my coworkers, in the same way, to be open to learning and incorporating new information best to serve our client population in a culturally responsive manner. We continue to strive to be and do better. I am continually in awe of the strength and resilience of these amazing indigenous families and pledge to uplift these communities as we learn and grow together.

tix̌ix̌dubt – Take Care

Halley Harris, MSW

About Hospice of the Northwest

We are a skilled, caring, and compassionate team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides, volunteers and generous community donors. Together we provide patient-centered care for people facing serious illness. We’ve been serving the residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish Counties since 1989 and want to know how we can support you or your loved one.

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