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Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory Recognize Gwen Traverse, Pinaymootang First Nation Director of Health

June 11, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – It was close to 18 months ago since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The world came to stand still when the WHO declared a Pandemic on the 11th of March, 2020 due to the Covid-19 virus. 

For the past year and a half, our Nations have been working diligently to protect our members from this highly contagious virus as cases of COVID-19 rose; resulting in 162 million cases globally, while the number of deaths has increased 11 times, to more than 3.3 million.

Throughout this time, Health Care Directors in our Treaty 2 Nations, and their Health Care times worked tirelessly on preventative measures, communicable disease plans, research, training for staff, contact tracing, testing, assisting families in isolation, assisting families in recovery, herd vaccination clinics, you name it.

The Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory wish to recognize those Directors for their commitment, leadership and dedication toward the Health and Wellbeing of the members in our Nations.


We are honored to start off with the recognition of Pinaymootang First Nation’s  Director of Health, Gwen Traverse.

Gwen has been working in the Health Care field for 27 plus years in various capacities. In October, it will be 15 years in her current role with the Pinaymootang First Nation Health Program. Gwen has obtained education and credentials in Project Management, Certified Health Care Management, Community Wellness Diploma, as well as various others.

“I chose to work in this field because I care deeply about our people. I dislike equality, and seeing people hurt.  I try my best to share love and compassion with all those whom I cross paths with. I want to help our members on their healing journey; because their health and wellbeing matters” shared Gwen.

Gwen sits on the Health Advisory Board of the Interlake Eastern Health Authority. A place that she advocated tenaciously for, so that the Indigenous members of Pinaymootang, and surrounding Nations could have a voice at that table.

We are grateful for Gwen’s unwavering dedication to her Nation. Health and Wellbeing of all members in our Territory is of utmost importance. With teams guided by leaders like Gwen, our Nations membership are provided with adequate health care right at home in their Nation. We thank all those who are employed with Pinaymootang Health Care Program for helping to keep their Nation safe during the uncertainty brought on by the Pandemic,

Keep up the amazing work! Thank you all, for all that you do. Congratulations Gwen Traverse on your unwavering work ethic and dedication to Pinaymootang First Nation. God Bless.


Submitted By: Marlene Davis, Communications Keeper

Last modified: June 14, 2021

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