The Checkup - Spring 2017

THE CHECKUP Spring 2017 Fort McKay First Nation: Investing in Health Care On Thursday February 23 rd , the Northern Lights Health Foundation’s Gratitude Campaign got a lot closer to its goal of $16 million dollars thanks to the Fort McKay First Nation and family of companies. At the Nation’s 30 th Anniversary Celebration, a cheque for $550,000 was presented to the Health Foundation and Melanie Antoine, chair of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. Fort McKay First Nation Group of Companies, Barge Landing Lodge, Caribou Energy Park, Dene Koe, First North Catering and Hammerstone Products have all pledged their commitment to improving health care in Wood Buffalo. These six companies are not only invested in the future and sustainability of the region, they are invested in the health and well-being of the people of Fort McKay. Pictured: Chief Jim Boucher, Melanie Antoine, members of the Fort McKay First Nation family of companies and NLHF board members Melanie Antoine believes that companies making the decision to pledge to the campaign are really investing in their own businesses and people. “They are investing in their workers, their families, their friends and their loved ones. It’s a win-win for everyone.” In recognition of these generous donations, the Medicine Wheel room located on the 4 th floor of the hospital, will be renamed in honour of Fort McKay Elder Margaret MacDonald who was one of the first Aboriginal members of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. Margaret passed away in 2015 after a stay on the Continuing Care floor. The Medicine Wheel room is an important place for aboriginal residents who, along with their community, friends, and family, can hold gatherings and spiritual ceremonies right in the hospital. Fort McKay First Nation is the first of five regional First Nations to make a pledge to the campaign. Chief Jim Boucher says “I think it’s important that we all stand behind the hospital and support this important campaign”.