Sask. First Nation celebrates construction of hospital on Indigenous land – CTV News

Sept. 12, 2023

KAMSACK, SASK – Keeseekoose First Nation is celebrating a monumental first – a brand new, modern hospital to be built on reserve land.

Joined by members of Key, Cote and Keeseekoose – the First Nation’s leadership officially turned sod for the new $44 million project.

“[I’m] humbled to even be a part of such a historical moment for our communities and we have a great team,” said Keeseekoose Chief Lee Ketchemonia.

“It’s a way for us to showcase what were capable of doing for ourselves. This is a huge step for our communities.”

The new facility will be located just steps away from the former site of St. Philips Indian Residential School near Kamsack.

Chief Ketchemonia said the hope is for members who have negative memories of the space, they will now drive by and create positive memories for the future.

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