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Indigenous Language Interpretation

Interpreter Resource Workers provide Indigenous language interpretation in Cree, Ojibway, and Oji-Cree languages to support with full or partial language barrier patients. Interpreters have training in medical terminology and function as members of the health-care team. Services are available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday. Our office is closed on statutory holidays.

WRHA Indigenous Health strongly encourages that our health-care providers utilize our Interpreter/Resource Workers for exchanges of information between medical staff and patients. This is to ensure information given is relayed accurately and thoroughly and that a patient's right to confidentiality is respected. Please call our central intake line to make arrangements for an Interpreter/Resource Worker or call the patient's assigned worker.

If you or someone you know is receiving medical care in Winnipeg, access these services by calling toll-free 1-877-940-8880. You can also ask your health-care provider to call WRHA Indigenous Health for you.

Why call WRHA Indigenous Health for patient services? Call if you or your family member:

  • speak an Indigenous language
  • is being discharged
  • want a patient advocate
  • want ceremonies or traditional medicines
  • need additional support
  • are not sure if you need us – we can do an assessment to assist you

Photo of Martha Baker

Martha Baker


Martha Baker is of Cree descent. She traces her journey to Winnipeg back from where she was born in the small northern community of South Indian Lake, Manitoba. This is where she learned to speak Cree – a gift she now uses to support Indigenous patients seeking health services at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.


Contact Patient Services

Phone: 204-940-8880
Toll Free: 1-877-940-8880
[email protected]

GH215 Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1R9

A1121 St. Boniface Hospital
409 Tache Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2A6

HD220 Seven Oaks General Hospital
2300 McPhillips Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2V 3M3