New Aboriginal Health Projects Announced

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 15:06



The federal and provincial governments have announced seven new health projects for Aboriginal residents in the province.


Through the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund, the government has invested a total of $13.8 million in Saskatchewan over five years.


Nearly $2.4 million is being designated for projects this year.


The Metis Nation – Saskatchewan is receiving $558,000 to help it adapt to the provincial health system. Some of those funds will be used by the MN-S for a feasibility study of the merits of a Métis Health and Wellness Strategy for Métis, by Métis.


Another $377,000 is headed to the Kinistin First Nation, the Saskatoon Health Region and the Central Urban Metis Federation to coordinate health services through development of a formal health council.


An additional $317,000 is going to the Prairie North Health Region to develop service teams on mental health and addiction services. That money will be split up among the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, Battlefords Tribal Council Indian Health Services and numerous bands in the region.


As well, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is getting $392,000 to ensure culturally-appropriate home care services are provided to elders.


The Regina-Qu’Appelle Health Region is receiving an additional $368,000 for the Métis Community Health Co-ordinator Initiative, which improves access by Métis people to health services.


The Kelsey Trail Health Authority is being given $212,800 to enhance mental health, alcohol and drug addiction services, as well as better meet the needs of Cumberland House community residents.


Meanwhile, $163,810 has been committed to the Sunrise Health Region for maternal child health initiatives for First Nations residents of the Kamsack area.