Health, economic reform top election priorities for Indigenous leaders in Manitoba – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 26, 202325 Views

Sep 26, 2023

Resource rights, housing, child welfare also priorities for Indigenous leaders

Indigenous leaders in Manitoba place health-care reform and economic development among their top priorities for the provincial election, which will be held on Oct. 3.

First Nations people living in remote northern communities have suffered from a lack of access to health services, said Garrison Settee, Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a non-profit, political advocacy organization.

“The current model has not worked, so I think we need to really reset the system and actually have First Nations who actually know the needs and situations be at the lead,” Settee said in a phone interview on Monday.

Many First Nations people need to travel to cities to receive health care. Settee wants to see more services provided in their communities.

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