Friday's announcement of the return of the Bear Clan was an important step in helping those on the street feel again, as if they were also part of the community, said Henry Wall, who is the CAO for the Kenora District Services Board.

"One organization alone, one community alone isn't going to solve this. It didn't work in the 1970's. It didn't work in the 1980's. It certainly isn't going to work in 2020," he said.

The district services board includes ratepayers from Pickle Lake, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout and Dryden, who are all contributing to the announcement.

"We're done talking about this," he said, noting projects in Red Lake and Sioux Lookout have been making a significant difference in their communities.

"You don't have to be in crisis on the street for lights and sirens to be called to get help," he said. "By that time, it's almost too late."

Reconciliation and partnership were at the heart of Friday's announcement, he said.

"When one of our communities is struggling, we're all struggling. When one of us suffers, we all suffer," he said, during Friday's announcement in Kenora. 

Wall adds a location for new seniors housing units is weeks away. A new remand centre should open in September, and the land has been cleared for the construction of treatment beds has been delayed by the coronavirus.

City councillors in Kenora have often argued they shoulder an unfair burden, as the community is home to the district court house and jail, as well as the district hospital.

Wall also took time last week to pay tribute to city councillors in Kenora, because he said they're working to reduce red tape and delays, when it comes to construction.

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