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September 24, 2009

Ground-Breaking for Aboriginal PCH

$21 Million facility to be the first of its kind in the Winnipeg Health Region

Phil Fontaine

"This is one of the best illustrations of partnerships . . . applause to you all - well done."

- Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations


Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald today marked the start of construction of the first Aboriginal personal care home in the Winnipeg health region with an official ground-breaking.

"This new facility will allow Winnipeg's Aboriginal seniors to receive the care they need in a setting that is culturally-appropriate," Minister Oswald said, noting the facility is designed to reflect the cultural requirements of the Aboriginal community, including traditional activities such as sweet grass ceremonies.

The project is the result of a partnership between the province, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and eight Manitoba First Nations, represented by the Southeast Resource Development Council (SERDC).

Chief Debbie Chief, SERDC board member said the new 80-bed home - which addresses a real need in the community - is being built adjacent to Southeast Collegiate, a SERDC-operated school for First Nations youth.

"The site was deliberately chosen in order to provide opportunities for inter-generational activities that will benefit both the student population as well as the residents," she said. "Those types of activities are important to ensure First Nation's culture is passed from generation to generation."

Real Cloutier, WRHA Vice President of Long Term Care, said the Southeast Personal Care Home is part of the health authority's commitment to creating personal care home spaces that address specific needs in the community, such as Sharon Home and Foyer Valade.

"Connecting with communities in the development of these projects can only benefit the clients they will serve," Cloutier said. "It has been a real pleasure to work with SERDC on this new home for seniors."

In addition to being the first Aboriginal personal care home in the region, the home will also achieve LEED silver certification will ultimately make the building more energy efficient to operate.

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