MUSTIMUHW: “all of the people”
Our story is one of local community-based innovation leading to a successful Nation-based business supporting organizations across the country.
Key Health Centre Leadership by two managing nurses, Heather Payne and Judith Gohn, advanced the development of custom software designed specifically to support the unique needs of the many health centre programs and services that the Health Centre was responsible for providing. Heather and Judith worked together with a lead developer, Bill Aumen, and a Business Analyst/Trainer, Tempest Deptuch, to evolve the software solution. Many, many hours were spent over a period of years, with the various health providers and staff to design the solution to meet the unique requirements of their Health Centre.
Cowichan Elders chose the name of the solution to be “Mustimuhw” – which is the Hul’q’umi’num’ term meaning “all of the people” or “all my relations”. Mustimuhw was seen as a tool to bring together all the people, both health staff and community members, to work together to collectively improve the health of all community members. Nuts’amat Shqwaluwun means “Working together with one heart and one mind” and it is this traditional value that is at the centre of Mustimuhw Information Solutions.
Pronunciation of Mustimuhw (mus-team-uchh)