KENORA – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora Riding), along with the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced an investment of $375,000 to the Kenora Chiefs Advisory to support First Nations involvement in the planning of an All Nations Health Care System for the Kenora region.
“Improving health care delivery in the North has always been one of my main priorities and it is also a top concern for our government,” stated Nault. “Ensuring that all Northerners have access to culturally appropriate care will not only improve health outcomes, but it will also have a positive effect on many other aspects of our daily lives.”
This investment will support planning efforts in the development of an integrated model of health services delivery, and will include:
• Kenora Chiefs Advisory;
• Kenora area First Nations communities;
• Lake of Woods District Hospital;
• City of Kenora;
• Township of Sioux Narrows-Nester Falls;
• Kenora Metis Council;
• Grand Council Treaty #3; and
• Ontario Provincial Government.
First Nations involvement in the planning process ensures that the health needs of First Nations communities will be considered in the development of an All Nations Health Care System. This will also result in a seamless continuum of health services for these communities.
“As always, there is more work to be done, but today’s announcement is a significant step in the right direction,” concluded Nault. “I would like to congratulate all those involved in the project’s success today, including Kenora Chief’s Advisory, the All Nations health partners, the board, and stakeholders.”