Construction on a new health centre in Kitamaat Village in expected to be completed next winter.
Haisla Nation spokesperson Cameron Orr said construction has started on the Haisla Health Centre which will be located on Owekeno Street, directly next to the C’imo’ca Head Start Childcare centre, across the street from the Nee n’wagilas Elders Centre.
He said the new centre will expand on the services already provided in the Haisla community, including the addition of a telehealth room, a place for visiting physiotherapists and dentists and a community kitchen.
“It is crucially important that our health department has the space and resources it needs to adequately care for our community,” said HNC chief councillor Crystal Smith.
“Especially with the economic activity happening in the region, the population in Kitamaat Village itself will certainly grow, and we need to be ready to meet our members’ needs.”
The new Health Centre is funded by Haisla Nation Council, First Nations Health Authority and Indigenous Services Canada.