OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, issued the followingstatement regarding today's meeting with Cat Lake First Nation:
"Supporting the health and safety of the people of Cat Lake is our first priority.
Earlier today, I met with Chief Matthew
Together, Windigo Tribal Council, on behalf of Cat Lake First Nation, and I signed an interim framework agreement that outlines the next steps needed to provide immediate support to the people of Cat Lake First Nation, as well as the timeframe to implement this plan. These steps include:
We also spoke about the urgent health needs of the community and I again expressed my sincere condolences to the Chief on the recent loss of a member of the community.
A medical assessment is currently underway in the community. On February 14, a pediatric respirology doctor was in Cat Lake First Nation to conduct a medical assessment and treat individuals identified by the community. From February 17-20, an infectious disease specialist was in the community to further assess and treat patients as appropriate. We will be reviewing the results of the medical assessment when they are available, on an urgent basis. Indigenous Services Canada has also increased the nursing staff in the community nursing station to provide additional supports.
I thank Chief Keewaykapow for taking the time to meet with me and thank all involved for their tireless efforts to advance this crucial work together. With this interim framework agreement now in place, we will have a clear path forward to meet the needs of the community members, both in the immediate and long term.
Chief Keewaykapow and I look forward to signing the final Memorandum of Agreement and viewing the work underway when I visit Cat Lake First Nation in the coming weeks."
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