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Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Visits White Pine Healing Lodge


Featured in the photo are (front row - left to right): Kenneth Thompson, Elder; Minister David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation; Thomas 'Baseball' Johnson. Back Row – left to right: Nelson David White; Abram Benedict, Grand Chief; Ammie Singh, Policy Advisor; Keith Gordon, Lawyer; Grant Wedge, Assistant Deputy Minister; Louise Thompson, Kawehnoke District Chief; Alexandra Oakes, Policy Advisor.

Submitted by Nelson David White

Minister David Zimmer and Nelson David White shake hands in hopes to work in a positive direction on the development of the White Pine Healing Lodge.

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, David Zimmer, re-visited the White Pine Healing Lodge on Cornwall Island on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Minister Zimmer was accompanied by his Assistant Deputy Minister and two policy advisors. Also in attendance were the Grand Chief, a district chief and community members. White Pine Healing Lodge Steering Committee Chairperson, Nelson David White, hosted the visit with a tour of the facility where it will become a short-term home for clients on the path to recovery from addictions.

The White Pine Healing Lodge is continuing to progress in its development, and it was mentioned to the Minister that the mission of the Healing Lodge is to help First Nations people in our community, as well as other First Nation communities. The completion of the White Pine Healing Lodge in Akwesasne, and making it ready for operation, is the most time-efficient and cost-efficient option for the development of a residential treatment of addiction recovery of Indigenous people in south-eastern Ontario, where a residential capacity for this type of treatment for adult patients practically does not exist. The facility can be operational within months.


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