Inuit come to Montreal for medical care. The lodge where patients stay is riddled with problems – CBC

Ullivik’s newly named director, its 5th since 2020, says she’s committed to creating a welcoming space

Dec 19, 2022

For years, Inuit who flew south to Montreal for medical care were relegated to a YMCA on the western edge of downtown.

Finally, in 2016, a new centre, called Ullivik, was opened near the city’s airport.

The new building has the appearance of a boutique hotel from the street, with a stone Inukshuk out front and signage in Inuktitut.

It was intended to serve as a place of healing for the hundreds who come to the city every month for treatment.

But more recently, providing a welcoming environment has been a challenge.

Patients at Ullivik have posted dozens of photos on social media of bed bugs and unappetizing food and complained about treatment by security personnel.

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