Alberta has 8 Métis settlements. None of them have full-time doctors – CBC

Mar 27, 2023

Health board pushing for more doctors, nurses and other health-care providers

Every Wednesday, a registered nurse travels 39 kilometres from the northeastern Alberta city of Cold Lake to see patients on the Elizabeth Métis Settlement.

Alberta Health Services rents an office inside the settlement’s community hall for appointments.

A counter near the door has a sink and a small weigh scale for babies, with a mobile hanging above it. On the other side of the room there’s a desk, a refrigerator for medicine and a bed for patients.

About three years ago the local registered nurse stopped working full-time in the community when she was hired for another position in Cold Lake.

“Nobody has filled that spot,” said Kathy Lepine, chair of the Elizabeth Métis Settlement council. “We kept posting it and posting it.”

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