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Media Release: SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY OPENS THUNDER BAY OFFICE

SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY OPENS THUNDER BAY OFFICE

April 21, 2022
Thunder Bay, ON

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) held a small opening ceremony today at their new satellite office location in Thunder Bay, at 981 Balmoral Street, Suite 200.

CEO and President James Morris and Acting Board Chair Howard Meshake were on hand with Elders and local dignitaries to offer blessings to the new site.

The current offices in Sioux Lookout remain fully operational. The expanding needs of the communities served by SLFNHA, which number 33 First Nations and include more than 40,000 people, both on and off-reserve, has required the expansion of SLFNHA to Thunder Bay.

Since April 2021, there have been nearly 5,100 visits by SLFNHA community members to Thunder Bay for medical appointments. That number was almost 800 in November 2021 alone.

The move to create a Thunder Bay office comes after much thought and consideration by the SLFNHA Board, which was advised in a 2021 report by Public Health Physician Dr. John Guilfoyle that a presence in Thunder Bay would address the growing needs of SLFNHA community members in urban settings. Guilfoyle, who has since retired, speaks with over 30 years of experience in the Public Health field.

The Thunder Bay office is currently operating with essential staff only, as aligned with current SLFNHA health and safety policy.

L-R James Morris, SLFNHA CEO and President, Howard Meshake, Acting SLFNHA Board Chair, present Chief Peter Collins, Fort William First Nation, with a framed gift Front: Jeannie Carpenter, wife of Howard Meshake.

Read more and download the Media Release here.

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Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Indian Residential School Survivors

The Ontario government is providing $800,000 to eight Indigenous health care teams through the Indigenous Primary Health Care Council (IPHCC) to enhance the delivery of integrated, culture-based mental health and addictions trauma care to Indigenous people who are experiencing pain, loss and intergenerational trauma as a result of the Indian Residential School (IRS) system. This funding is in addition to dedicated funding being provided to First Nations leading burial investigations at former Indian Residential Schools across the province.

Read more on the Government of Ontario news release here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001840/ontario-expanding-mental-health-services-for-indian-residential-school-survivors

 

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Press Release – February 4, 2022

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority is sharing our Press Release on the unfortunate decision to close two Child Care services within the Municipality of Sioux Lookout.

Press Release – SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTHY AUTHORITY EXPRESSES REGRET ON THE CLOSURE OF CHILDCARE SERVICES IN SIOUX LOOKOUT

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CBC Toronto News – Jan 9, 2022 with Dr. Lloyd Douglas, SLFNHA Public Health Physician

Dr. Lloyd Douglas: Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Update

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-84/clip/15887864

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CBC – Superior Morning with Sean Vanderklis | Live Radio – Jan 7, 2022 with Dr. Lloyd Douglas, SLFNHA Public Health Physician

Dr. Lloyd Douglas: Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority Update with CBC Live Radio The pandemic response continues in Ontario’s Far North …

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-84/clip/15887864

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Press Release – January 6, 2022

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) is sharing our Press Release calling for immediate action to address the tsunami of COVID-19 cases in the region.

Press Release – January 6 2022

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COVID 19 Update with Dr. Douglas, Public Health Physician

https://fb.watch/amI7XB_9Uq/ 

SLFNHA Facebook LIVE with Dr. Douglas:

Jan 5, 2022

Dr. Douglas answers questions LIVE about COVID/Omicron cases in the our communities and any other COVID related concerns.

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Press Release: Bearskin Lake First Nation

SLFNHA is sharing this Press Release from Chief Lefty Kamenawatamin which was issued by Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) communications on behalf of Bearskin Lake First Nation earlier today.

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COVID-19 Public Health Notification – COVID-19 Cases in First Nation Communities

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December 29, 2021

SLFNHA COVID Update with Dr. Lloyd Douglas:

Update on new COVID cases in Bearskin Lake, Poplar Hill, Sandy Lake, Eagle Lake, and Lac Seul.

We must continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to keep the virus out of the communities. Two key strategies include: getting the vaccine, whether it’s your first, second, or third dose, and adhering to all public health measures. We continue to emphasize the importance of choosing the COVID-19 vaccine.

We would like to remind communities that even those who have had the COVID vaccine still could get the virus, but evidence suggests they experience less severe illness. It is strongly recommended that all individuals continue to follow all public health measures. This includes those who have taken the first shot or who have been fully vaccinated.

If you have any community member with symptoms that could be caused by COVID-19, please contact your nursing station to be assessed as soon as possible.

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Pelican Falls First Nations High School is planning for the return of students for in-person learning

As of November 2021, Pelican Falls First Nations High School is planning for the return of students for in-person learning starting semester 2. The first day of classes will be January 5, 2022.

There will be 2 Youth School Counsellors who have offices at the school and work full days on-site.