Dilico Anishinabek Family Care Celebrates Opening of New Office in Fort William Downtown

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Nishnawbe-Aski Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, with Nishnawbe-Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Dilico Executive Director Darcia Borg
Nishnawbe-Aski Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, with Nishnawbe-Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Dilico Executive Director Darcia Borg

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care
Dilico Anishinabek Family Care – Photo by Jess Roundhead

THUNDER BAY, ON – Dilico Anishinabek Family Care (Dilico) and Red Rock First Nation have celebrated the opening of Dilico’s Archibald Street location. This new facility is an added location for the provision of Dilico’s Health, Mental Health and Addictions and Child Welfare Services. Today’s announcement marks another successful partnership between two First Nation organizations and is expected to enhance access to the health and well-being of Anishinabek children and families residing in the District of Thunder Bay.

The event featured a very successful barbecue that had so many people attend that organizers had to replenish the food supplies.

Dilico has opened a new office on Archibald Street in the Fort William Downtown
Dilico has opened a new office on Archibald Street in the Fort William Downtown

Dilico’s Archibald Street Site is located at 131 North Archibald Street. This additional site will provide greater accessibility to clients, complimenting Dilico’s other locations in the District and supporting the services delivered by Dilico to the many families that it services daily. “We are honoured to be able to work with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care on another partnership to ensure the best delivery of services for the families in our area,” said Chief Pierre Pelletier of Red Rock First Nation.

The ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 11:00 p.m.

Nishnawbe-Aski Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, Omer Belisle, from Red Rock Indian Band, Nishnawbe-Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Dilico Executive  Director Darcia Borg
Nishnawbe-Aski Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox, with Nishnawbe-Aski Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Dilico Executive Director Darcia Borg

Anishinabek children and families in the District of Thunder Bay will be able to access the following staff at the new Archibald Street Site: Primary Care, Diabetes Program, Health Services Manager, Youth Outreach Workers, Concurrent Disorder Case Manager, Adult Mental Health Worker, Intake and Aftercare Workers, Youth in Transition Worker, and Transitional Aged Service Workers.

“The opening of this new office will provide our children and families with easier access to our services” said Darcia Borg, Dilico’s Executive Director.

In 2008, Red Rock First Nation worked together with Dilico renovating the former Heath Park School in order to meet Dilico’s space requirements. Services housed at the Heath Park site includes: Counselling and Clinical Support, Infant/Child Development Services, and Intake Services.

Red Rock First Nation is located approximately 100 kilometres east of the City of Thunder Bay, and 2 kilometres east of the Township of Nipigon. The community consists of two sections: Parmacheene Reserve 53 and Lake Helen Reserve 53A. The total area covered by these two reserves is approximately 950 acres and the total number of registered Band members is 1728.

Dilico Anishinabek Family Care provides a range of responsive individual, family and community programs for the complete life journey of all Anishinabek people. The agency cares for the physical health, the mental health, and the health of the communities where Anishinabek people live by promoting wellness, preventing illness and trauma, and providing diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. Dilico’s programs and services are available for Anishinabek residents of any age in Dilico’s jurisdiction, and for children in the care of Dilico and their caregivers.