Partnership will help improve health services
Factsheet: Health Canada investment in broadband connectivity
SASKATOON, July 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan,
Government House Leader, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq,
Federal Minister of Health, today announced the government will partner
with SaskTel and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN)
to bring broadband connectivity to 83 First Nations health centres and
nursing stations in Saskatchewan.
"Our government is proud to invest in this new technology, which will
help to improve health services for First Nations here in
Saskatchewan," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan. "Today's
announcement will expand e-Health services, and help improve the
coordination of healthcare."
"It is good to see two government departments collaborating to provide
a long awaited solution to the high-speed connectivity needs of First
Nations." said Vice Chief E Dutch Lerat of the FSIN. " Through this
collaboration, First Nations in Saskatchewan will receive e-Health
services sooner and at less of an impact to the Indian Health Envelope
with the savings potentially used towards e-Health preparedness such as
planning and training initiatives."
"This project supports SaskTel's goal of bringing much faster broadband
speeds to all First Nations communities in order to provide equitable
access to services such as communications, education, health,
electronic business and entertainment," said Ron Styles, SaskTel
President and CEO. "SaskTel firmly believes in the importance of our
First Nations in Saskatchewan and we will endeavor to make use of First
Nations contractors to the greatest extent possible for this project."
Heath Canada will invest $5.8 million over 5 years to supply First
Nations communities with better internet access that will allow
Saskatchewan First Nations to gradually add more community level
e-Health services to their health care system. SaskTel will begin
installing fibre cables in 83 First Nation health facilities this year
with completion expected in 2014.
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SOURCE: Health Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Michelle Englot, SaskTel Director of External Communications