NORWAY HOUSE CREE NATION, MAN. — The federal government has announced it will spend $100 million over the next five years for the construction of the Norway House Cree Nation Health Centre of Excellence at Norway House, Man.
The health facility will provide emergency, in-patient, diagnostic community-based programs and services to the 8,000 residents of Norway House Cree Nation and the surrounding region, said a recent statement. This new facility will replace the existing Norway House Hospital.
The long-term plan is for the facility to be operated by the community, said the statement. The Norway House Cree Nation Health Centre of Excellence will be the largest health centre in Manitoba history under First Nations control.
The project includes a sweat lodge, professional accommodations building, maintenance garage, family birthing unit with two birthing rooms for labour and delivery, recovery and post-partum care, and one birth room to accommodate midwifery support.
The facility will also have a centralized cultural hall with adjacent conference and learning facilities, including a teaching kitchen.
“The development of this health centre is the culmination of 30 years of vision and planning, starting with the birth of adult education and post-secondary education in our community which has resulted in Norway House graduating our own nurses, physician, X-ray technicians, lab technicians and support staff,” commented Dr. Courtney Campbell Leary, site education lead, in the statement. “This is a health centre that will be built by Indigenous people, run by Indigenous people, in our territory and using our traditional language to serve our community and teach future health care providers.”