Federal funding will see long-term care home built in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory

In attendance for the announcement of federal funding for a long-term care facility in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, were (L to R): Hastings County Warden Bob Mullins, Indigenous Services Canada Regional Director General Michael O’Byrne, Parliamentary Secretary to Indigenous Services Canada Vance Badeway, Chief R. Donald Maracle, MBQTMT Councillor Stacia L. Loft, MP for Hastings – Lennox & Addington Shelby Kramp-Neuman, MBQTMT Councillor Chris Maracle, and Adam Bramburger from MPP Todd Smith’s office. Photo via Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

A new Elder Care Home will be built in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to support the growing elderly First Nations population. Slated to break ground this summer, the building will receive $30.25 million from the federal government.

On Wednesday, Jan 25, 2023, Vance Badawey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chief Don Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory (MBQTMT), announced the federal funding for the 128-bed long-term care facility for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.

“I thank Parliamentary Secretary Vance Badawey for his attendance at this major funding announcement for the construction of a licensed long-term/Elder care home to address the critical need in our area. This will provide an opportunity for our members and others to receive care in a culturally competent setting and bolster local economic development by providing employment and opportunities in our community,” Chief Maracle said.

“We have come a long way to get to this point and I reflect back on the hard work of the Chief’s Committee on Long-Term Care, leading to the opportunity for licensing and encouraging multiple partners to work together to achieve the result that we are seeing today. I express my gratitude to all of our funders to make this project a reality. I thank our staff and contractors as well as government staff who have worked diligently over many years. This is truly an amazing accomplishment, providing benefits for persons in need of care for generations to come.”

According to a media release from the Government of Canada, the facility will offer critical services to residents, including 24-hour nursing and personal care, social activities, and food services, while helping to keep connections to language, culture, and community. With net-zero carbon and energy-saving components, this will be the community’s first green long-term care home.

“Elders are integral leaders in their communities, and must be able to access good, compassionate care,” Badawey stated. “This over $30-million investment for a new long-term care home for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte will offer Indigenous-led services to elders and keep them connected to their communities and culture. Indigenous-led and delivered services results in better health and wellness outcomes. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Chief Maracle and the Chief’s Committee on Long Term Care. By working together, this is another example of reconciliation in action.”

With a detailed design for the new facility being nearly complete, the government said that the project is expected to break ground in July 2023. Once complete, the long-term care services provided at the Elder Care Home will support community members, and allow them to continue living on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory as they age.

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