More supports needed for First Nations patients sent to Winnipeg for long-term medical treatment: report – CBC

Patients face months or years away from home for treatment unavailable in their region

Jul 11, 2018

A new report suggests that Anishininew people from the Island Lake region in Manitoba who relocate to Winnipeg for medical treatment face social isolation, a lack of affordable housing and lack of support services.

“It seems like our people are brought into the city and dumped here, and they are on their own,” said Andy Wood.

Wood is from Wasagamack First Nation and is the executive director at Neewin Health Care Inc.

“They’re not here because they want to be here, they’re here because they have to be here if they want to live any longer,” he said.

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