The Wabaseemong Independent Nations community is celebrating the opening of their new Child and Youth Wellness Centre. A grand opening celebration was held earlier this week, which opened with comments from Kenora MP Bob Nault.
“We all want our families and community to be happy, healthy and safe, and this grand opening is a significant step on Wabaseemoong’s journey. Access to services, particularly culturally appropriate medical services, are a critical part of treatment and recovery, and now the children and youth of Wabaseemoong have access to this necessary programming within their own community.”
Approximately $1.5 million in Jordan's Principle funding through Health Canada is providing children and youth access to programming at the Centre.
The programs being offered include children's mental health navigation, life skills, sports and fitness, family-conferencing, special education opportunities, a lending library and cultural programs. The crisis response program is also now available for after-hour access to referrals and services.
“It was an honour to join in the celebrations, and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Chief John Paishk, the council, and other community members who saw this project through,” Nault added.
This fiscal year alone, approximately $177 million was made available across Canada, to help fund the needed products and services to First Nations children.