The only elders care home in Fort Chipewyan is getting much needed funds from the provincial government.
Minister of Indigenous Affairs Richard Feehan took a trip north to the rural hamlet on Thursday where he announced $1.5 million would be put into operating costs for the Kahkiyow Keyhanow Elders Care Home.
The funds are coming from an agreement made in 2005 where $1.79 million was allocated toward supportive living in Fort Chipewyan but the funds were never used for any project until now.
“Our Chief and council have identified that keeping elders in their home community is a priority and this funding will assist us with meeting their needs,” said Chief Archie Waquan, Mikisew Cree First Nation, in a release.
The 12 room, $12.2 million facility was built back in 2014 with the funds coming from the MCFN and Industry. The building is home to elders from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Métis communities.
“Fort Chipewyan is one of the most isolated communities in Alberta. In addition to enabling elders to remain in their community, this facility also keeps them connected to life-long cultural practices and traditions,” added Feehan.
“They have care-providers who speak the Cree language and share their cultural traditions, contributing to greater well-being and dignity for the elders. The Government of Alberta is proud to assist with Mikisew First Nation to ensure elders have access to these essential services in their community.”
The funds will be split over the next three years