June 14, 2002

Aboriginal Personal Care Home Planned for Winnipeg

In an effort to provide quality health care to Manitoba's urban Aboriginal people, the planning for an Aboriginal personal care home in Winnipeg is beginning with the confirmation that the Southeast Resource Development Council Corp. (SERDC) will be the community sponsor for the project.

"I congratulate the SERDC on being chosen for the development of a seniors home," said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson. "This is a major step forward for Aboriginal seniors who live in Winnipeg or have moved to Winnipeg for health or family reasons."

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) recently held a process to identify a community sponsor for the proposed project and selected the Southeast Resource Development Council to manage the personal care home. The province supports the effort to develop plans for the facility with a strong community partner. With the selection of a sponsor to support the development of the project, intensive planning will begin.

"Southeast Resource Development Council was selected from the five potential sponsors because they met all the base criteria for the project and demonstrated the best plan to support the residents of the Personal Care Home into the future," said Réal Cloutier, Vice-President, Long Term Care, WRHA.

Construction is expected to begin in two years following extensive planning efforts.

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