New Manitoba senator says federal dental program for First Nations, Inuit communities isn’t working – CBC

We’ve trained people to access care only when they are in pain,’ says Sen. Mary Jane McCallum

Feb 07, 2018

Manitoba’s newest senator says dental disease is a real issue on First Nations and a federal program isn’t helping.

Sen. Mary Jane McCallum, who was appointed last December, spoke up at her first Senate committee meeting this week.

Auditor General Michael Ferguson outlined his assessment of the Children’s Oral Health Initiative — a federal program which focuses on the prevention of dental disease and promoting good oral health practices in First Nations and Inuit communities — at the meeting on Canada’s relationship with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

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