The Sioux Lookout area Chiefs and SLFNHA have been seeking a new hostel facility since 1997. After the Client Services Department was established in 1995, SLFNHA was operating the hostel in Sioux Lookout in a 39-bed facility on 7th Avenue. In June 2006, Client Services suffered a major setback when the hostel was found to be contaminated with mould and was closed for health concerns. Since then, a new facility was sought after. During that time, clients were allowed to choose to stay at the hostel or at local hotels.
Several years of planning finally saw construction begin in 2008. The new facility, named the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik, opened its doors to the first clients in February 2011.
The vision for the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik hostel is to create a warm, welcoming and secure residence for clients traveling to Sioux Lookout for medical reasons.
The vision and design of the facility was determined through input from a large number of stakeholders, including; First Nation members, Chiefs, Health Canada and the Government of Canada, the Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority, Elders, future generations, hostel staff, families, the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.
SLFNHA’s Client Services Department operates out of the new facility.
In the new hostel you’ll find:
- 100 beds
- 38,000+ sq.ft.
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Non-smoking facility
- Housekeeping & Dietary Services
- Laundry on site
- Domestic Kitchen
- Family Lounge
- Children’s Play Area
- Client Advocacy and Support
- Recreation and social programming
- Spiritual Support
- Ground transportation
A new menu, which rotates every two weeks, was recently developed for the all meals served at the hostel. The menu is in accordance with the Canada Food Guide. Feel free to view the new menu.
The Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik was named during our 2010 Name Contest. The hostel was named after Jeremiah McKay, a respected member of Kasabonika Lake First Nation and a passionate crusader for health care. Kabayshewekamik means “a place of rest” in the Anishinaabe language.
Client Services Department
Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik
#2 Menoyawin Way, PO Box 1300, Sioux Lookout, ON, P8T 1B8
Phone: (807) 737-3850 or Toll Free 1-888-303-1334