PESSAMIT, QC, May 11, 2018 /CNW/ - Improving access to health care services for First Nations is a priority for the Government of Canada.Achieving that includes access to quality care and sufficient, sustainable health resources in each community.
Today, the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, on
This new building achieves the community's vision of providing an array of services under the same roof. Those services include front-line, prevention and promotion services in community health, dentistry, optometry, as well as access to social services and long-term housing. The services are currently being provided by primarily Innu staff members who are part of the community.
The Government of Canada is particularly proud of this partnership with the Pessamit Innu, which will provide access to quality services that are adapted to the local culture.
The total cost of the project is $15 million, with $8 million provided by the Pessamit Innu Council and $7 million from the Government of Canada.
For his part, Chief René Simon mentioned that the construction and development of a new integrated health and social services facility in Pessamit was a source of pride and great satisfaction for him and his Council. In closing his speech, Chief Simon entrusted the members of his community with naming the new building as part of a major consultation whose details will be announced shortly: "It's your health facility; it's up to you to give it a name."
"Congratulations to Chief Simon, the Pessamit Innu, and members of the health community on the success of this promising project. Access to quality health care is essential. This new facility, where several generations will come together, is momentous for the well-being of the community."The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.Minister of Indigenous Services
"It is a promise for the future of our community and nothing, in all that we seek to accomplish as elected officials, matters to us more than this. This is a decisive step towards collective well-being that we are taking together, but it is not the last: we still have a long way to go before we achieve our social, economic and cultural objectives."Chief René SimonPessamit Innu Council
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