For the first time ever Wetaskiwin hospital opens it’s doors to a Aboriginal Cultural Room. The Grand opening was on February 5, 2015 conducted with a pipe ceremony with elder Wilson Okeymaw. The Cultural room is located on the 3rd floor for all to use. The room isn’t only for aboriginal people but is open to everyone to use, weather it be staff, clients, patients or non-first nation. Elder Wilson Okeymaw stated “It’s about putting two nations together” . The room can be used for family gatherings, family prayers like smudging and other spiritual aspects. The room is open 24 hours a day. Wetaskiwin Mayor Bill Elliot played a huge role and showed a lot of support for First Nation people. He’s one of the first mayors to really reach out and say, ‘We’re neighbors, let’s build a relationship.” The first Aboriginal Cultural Room to open in central Alberta was in Red Deer back in January 2014. “Thanks to everyone involved in making this Aboriginal Cultural Room a reality,” says Health Minister Stephen Mandel. “It means around-the-clock access will be available to a peaceful, culturally respectful space that promotes holistic healing. I am confident this room will make a positive difference to many in their care journey.” The Wetaskiwin Aboriginal Health coordinator Claudette Yellowbird also played a huge role in getting the cultural room done. Thanks to everyone who had or play a major role on getting the second of its kind built in central zone Alberta.