Monday, October 2, 2023, Isadore Day visited Siksika Nation to share learnings and partnership opportunities with Siksika Health Services.
Former Ontario Regional Chief, Isadore Day, is the Founder + CEO of Bimaadzwin, which means “life” or “good path” in Anishinaabe. Bimaadzwin exists to advance First Nations by supporting our people to create and develop happy, healthy communities through economic development that focuses on First Nation jurisdiction. Isadore Day, and Bimaadzwin believe that our health comes from the wealth of our lands, because we are the land.
Isadore Day and his partner, Michelle travelled from Ontario, and met with Siksika Health Services representatives to discuss potential partnership opportunities for the health and wellbeing of Siksika Nation. Only the start of this conversation, followup meetings will be scheduled to further discuss and outline this collaboration. Thus far, Bimaadzwin and Siksika Health Services have collaborated on the Pathways diabetic foot ulcer prevention program, which is currently benefitting our Siksika Nation members living with type 2 diabetes.
Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini, is an Anishinaabe from Serpent River First Nation. He is of the Genozhe ndodem (Northern Pike Clan). He brings many years of political and policy expertise. A former Regional Chief of Ontario, Lake Huron Region Grand Chief and Vice Chair of the North Shore Tribal Council, he has served 15 years as an elected leader for First Nations and has handled various high-level policy files. He is hereditary to Chief Shingwauk, Wiindawtegowinini and Genebek, who signed the Robinson-Huron Treaty and the Manitoulin Treaty and were allies to the British Crown in the War of 1812.
Chief Day has been involved in various boards and committees; at both regional and national levels over the past two decades while remaining a strong grassroots visionary. With a background in Social Sciences, Business, Public Administration and Governance – he is a firm believer that education that is culturally rooted and is bridged into mainstream disciplines is essential to success. His most noted accomplishment was repatriating First Nation children back to his First Nation from mainstream foster care systems. He has been an energy policy leader, community developer and a tireless advocate for First Nation treaty rights.
Isadore Day’s main focus is on Nationhood rights and Sovereignty; and specifically, the improvement in First Nation health, social, economy conditions of current and future generations. Isadore is emphatic that the Indian Act is colonial oppression and at the root of what must change in all First Nations – he vows to maintain and refine his life’s mission to be focused on reconstituting Indigenous Nations on Turtle Island.