Current Problems: Health (18-24)

Exploring Theme: "Health Funding Issues"

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June 13, 2024

Advocates concerned midwifery services closing in Yellowknife

APTN News: The closing of midwifery services in Yellowknife due to budget cuts will affect smaller communities in the Northwest Territories, advocates say. On May 24, the territorial government announced cuts to some services that included a $900,000 reduction in funding and closing the midwifery program in Yellowknife. “The focus is not on just serving...

June 7, 2024

Grand Chief Leads Call for Funding of New Health Campus

NationTalk: Lynne Innes, president and CEO of Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, received a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, June 5, affirming the federal government’s commitment to support a new hospital and health-care campus in Moosonee which would replace the current 74-year-old Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory. The letter was received the...

May 31, 2024

Navigating the complicated world of income assistance in the N.W.T.

One family says the territory is treating them unfairly and they’re struggling to make ends meet. APTN News: Ichiban noodles have been the daily meal for Chris Dryneck’s family for weeks. They say it’s the only meal the family can afford after being cut off from income assistance in April. The Tlicho Dene man has been...

May 29, 2024

Federal governments’ words feel like a ‘smokescreen’ say WAHA officials

Crumbling Northern medical facility new hospital campus not in the federal budget for 2024 Chief Peter Wesley addresses the federal government at the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa on Monday. “Canada, where are you ?” Photo: Kerry Slack/APTN.  APTN News: Staff and Weeneebayko Area Health Authority officials are urging the federal government to keep...

April 23, 2024

Inuit leaders disappointed with budget’s lack of money for tuberculosis elimination

Budget pledges $1.1B for First Nations and Inuit health but offers nothing on TB elimination specifically CBC Indigenous: Inuit leaders are concerned with the federal Liberal budget’s lack of new cash specifically earmarked for eliminating tuberculosis in Inuit regions by 2030.  Advocates say the spending plan was a missed opportunity on that front and a...

April 9, 2024

Dr. Rebekah Neckoway says a lack of basic necessities creates health problems for northern First Nations

APTN News: If you were to step on a nail while living in a city in Canada, you would most likely be able to get an X-ray and be able to see a doctor all in the same day. But if the same thing happened to you living in a northern First Nation, you could...

April 8, 2024

Counselling cut for B.C. First Nation survivors of residential schools who don’t have status cards

2,600 providers have four weeks to terminate or transfer their non-status clients out of their care The Tyee: Vanouver Sun – The First Nations Health Authority is cutting off counselling coverage for former residential school students in B.C. and their families, as well as those of missing or murdered Indigenous women — unless they have...

April 8, 2024

‘It’s not working’

With a nursing shortage and no hospital, Island Lake First Nations communities face health-care struggle CBC Indigenous: Maggie Harper stood on a hill overlooking Island Lake as a helicopter carrying her mother took off from the landing pad alongside the nursing station in Wasagamack First Nation.  She watched on that October day as the chopper...

March 22, 2024

Money budgeted for mental health, addictions needs to reach rural Sask., say advocates

About $574 million of budget set for mental health, addictions CBC Indigenous: Advocates say more needs to be done to ensure rural and remote areas in Saskatchewan benefit from provincial funding targeting mental health and addictions. On Wednesday, the 2024-25 provincial budget included $574 million for mental health and addictions services, a 10.9 per cent increase over...

March 15, 2024

Feds failing at health care reconciliation and nursing is at the heart of the issue: union

Four nurses are working around the clock to serve 8,000 people in Cross Lake Cree Nation  Map shows the 21 health centres staffed by Indigenous Services Canada nurses on First Nations in Manitoba. Photo: Submitted  APTN News: The union representing nurses who provide health care on First Nations agrees the system is in a code...

March 3, 2024

Cat Lake First Nation declares state of emergency after nursing station destroyed in fire

‘Building appears to be a total loss,’ says Nishnawbe Aski Police Service CBC News: Cat Lake First Nation’s nursing station has burned down, leaving the remote northwestern Ontario community without a central access point to health-care services. Nishnawbe Aski Police Service (NAPS) confirmed that a fire broke out at the Margaret Gray Nursing Station Saturday...

February 16, 2024

Grassy Narrows chief calls out feds amid ‘ridiculous’ delays to mercury treatment centre construction

Trudeau said ‘money is not the objection’ to building the centre during 2019 election debate CBC Indigenous: The chief of Grassy Narrows is calling out the federal government as a long-promised mercury poisoning treatment centre for the northern Ontario First Nation remains beset by delays tied to federal funding uncertainty. Eight months have passed since Indigenous Services Minister...

February 5, 2024

Burnell Place offers safe stay to patients from remote First Nations in Manitoba

CBC Indigenous: A recently opened lodge in Winnipeg’s West End is offering First Nations people who’ve come to the city for medical services a family-oriented alternative to staying in hotels. Burnell Place opened last October in the former Kivalliq Inuit Centre building on Burnell Street. Many First Nations people come to Winnipeg for medical services...

February 2, 2024

First Nations communities push for all-season road in northern Manitoba

Construction crews working on the all season in Manitoba. Photo courtesy: Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.  APTN News: The Canadian Press – First Nations leaders are renewing their push for an all-season road on the east side of Lake Winnipeg that would connect several remote communities to goods, services and health care in the south. They’re...

December 13, 2023

Wequedong Lodge in Thunder Bay says it’s headed toward bankruptcy

Too many clients, not enough capacity to meet needs, says executive director CBC News: A lodge that houses First Nations people from across northern Ontario who travel to Thunder Bay, Ont., for medical treatment is headed toward bankruptcy, according to its executive director. Wequedong Lodge is a 110-bed facility that has been over capacity for years....

August 29, 2023

Elsipogtog residents renew call for an in-community nursing home

Seniors in largest Mi’kmaw community in New Brunswick want long-term care in their language CBC News: Elders in Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick say they need a nursing home in their community to better suit their cultural and language needs. Noel Augustine, 72, a keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council, said most seniors in the community about 55 kilometres north...

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