Ensuring Northerners in vulnerable situations are able to access appropriate health services
OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2017/CNW/ - The Government of Canada recognizes the unique challenges of delivering health care services in the North, and is committed to improving access to the health services available to all Northerners.
This Program offers vulnerable people in Yellowknife struggling with mental health and addictions and who may also be homeless safe rides to various locations, including shelters, homes and health service providers. It also helps to ensure that the immediate health needs of affected individuals are met, by providing water, food and first aid.
Through HSIF, Health Canada is working with the GNWT, as well as with First Nations and Inuit organizations, to integrate federal and territorial health services and to improve access to those services for First Nations and Inuit. Across Canada, the Government is investing $15.8 million annually through HSIF, and more than 70 projects have been approved in the last four years.
"Our Government believes that all Canadians should have access to quality health services, no matter where they live. Yellowknife's Street Outreach Program is a great example of how governments can work together to meet the needs of individual communities and to better protect the health and well-being of those most vulnerable."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.Minister of Health
"The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to supporting communities in their efforts to find culturally appropriate solutions to community-specific needs. The City of Yellowknife's Street Outreach Program has served clients by taking them to a safe place where they receive the care they need while reducing the strain at the emergency room. I am pleased that with the addition of new funding, this important program can continue in the 2018 calendar year."
Glen Abernethy Minister of Health and Social Services for the Northwest Territories
"This funding announcement will ensure that the City of Yellowknife is able to continue the critical safe ride service provided by the Yellowknife Street Outreach Program. Collaboration between all levels of government is vital to the success of the City's efforts to ensure the safety of vulnerable and at-risk individuals. "
Mark HeyckMayor, City of Yellowknife
"The Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation is pleased that this program is getting financial support to continue its operations. We have been involved with the City of Yellowknife on the work in this area and know that the Indigenous homeless population gains great benefits from this program. Our Board is very interested in continuing to support the health and wellness of the homeless population in Yellowknife."
Nicole RedversArctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation Board Chair
SOURCE Health Canada
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