The Muskowekwan First Nation has been approved to construct a $2 million Family Healing and Wellness Centre.

Indigenous Services Canada approved the project.

Muskowekwan will have log home packages prepared during the winter to be transported to the site for assembly in spring and summer 2021.

“We are excited to be one step closer to building the facilities we require to allow our First Nation families to begin their healing journey from the historical effects of attending Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, among other traumas,” said Chief Reginald Bellerose.

The Centre will have four family log homes with two to four bedrooms, as well as a fifth home for healing program delivery.

The First Nation will operate the Centre with support from Elders, multidisciplinary counsellors and professional staff.

“The Muskowekwan Family Healing and Wellness Centre as it is so urgently needed in our First Nation communities. Our communities are in crisis and our people only have two options to go to right now: jail or the grave,” Bellerose said.