Elders can remain in Fort Chipewyan for assisted living and palliative care, thanks to support from the provincial government.
Over the next three years, the Kahkiyow Keykanow Elders Care Home, the only assisted living facility in the isolated community of Fort Chipewyan, will receive $1.5 million for operating costs.
“Elders are integral to Fort Chipewyan’s First Nations and Métis communities. We’re making life better for Fort Chipewyan families, by making sure they can remain together as elders age and their needs change.”
~Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health
The $12.2-million, 12-space facility, which opened in 2014, was built with funds from the Mikisew Cree First Nation and industry.
The home serves elders from Mikisew as well as the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the Métis community in Fort Chipewyan.
“Mikisew Cree is pleased that the government is finally assisting with the costs associated with running the elders care home. Our Chief and council have identified that keeping elders in their home community is a priority and this funding will assist us with meeting their needs.”
~Archie Waquan, Chief of Mikisew Cree First Nation
“Fort Chipewyan is one of the most isolated communities in Alberta. In addition to enabling elders to remain in their community, this facility also keeps them connected to life-long cultural practices and traditions. They have care-providers who speak the Cree language and share their cultural traditions, contributing to greater well-being and dignity for the elders. The Government of Alberta is proud to assist with Mikisew First Nation to ensure elders have access to these essential services in their community.”
~Richard Feehan, Minister of Indigenous Relations
The funding corrects a longstanding disagreement over funding for Fort Chipewyan.
In 2005, the province committed $1.79 million towards supportive living in Fort Chipewyan, but never allocated it for a specific project.