A brand new Indigenous health and healing centre has opened its doors in Winnipeg.
On Friday, a grand opening ceremony was held for the Anishininew Minoyawigumik Health and Healing Centre, at 1880 Ellice Ave.
The centre, which comes out of a partnership between Island Lake Tribal Council and Four Arrows Regional Health Authority, as well as First Nations communities Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake, St. Theresa Point, and Wasagamack, will provide more than 15,000 Island Lake residents the opportunity to access medical, dental and pharmaceutical services.
“With over 15,000 citizens, Island Lake represents a membership equaling the third largest city in Manitoba.” said a statement released Friday by Island Lake Tribal Council Inc. and Four Arrows Regional Health Authority.
“By providing our own pharmacy services along with medical, dental, diabetes and physical therapy services, we are taking healthcare in our hands. This is just the first step towards our regional goal of a primary care center in our communities.”
The building on Ellice that will house the centre had been in use as a COVID-19 Rapid Test center for community members and other First Nations returning home during the pandemic.
— Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun