SERPENT RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - In a final meeting ending the their term in office, Chief and Council of
Serpent River First Nation have made a bold step forward in promoting
Sports and Recreation and the Health of their citizens.
The Chief of Serpent River First Nation structured a policy discussion
at the finance committee last week that sought investment from the
bands gaming revenue fund. Last night the Council agreed unanimously to
his proposal. "We need to find a way to target health and social issues
for all of our families both on the First Nation and those that live
away from the community. We have the resources to contribute to the
well-being of our citizens, we just need dedication and creativity,"
explains Chief Isadore Day, Wiindawtegowinini.
Over the next several weeks, the First Nations Health, Social and
Finance staff will be designing a delivery mechanism for a $500.00
annual grant per child under the age of eighteen. The idea coming from
the policy is that all Serpent River First Nation citizens should have
access to the benefit of Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation funds
that come to the community on a monthly basis. The Chief says, "We
receive our portion of a 1.7% share of all gaming revenues in Ontario
which amounts to a substantial fund that is based on a per-capita
formula. Its about time we exercise a distribution objective that makes
a difference and targets on an important matter like the health of our
Further, the Chief has shared that this investment must seek value-added
opportunities. He stated that this is a perfect opportunity to
commission a Health and Social study on the determinants health and
eradicating issues like diabetes and other social impediments, as well,
highlights the value of integrated partnerships on First Nation health.
The First Nation will be eager to speak with Health Canada, the
Assembly of First Nations, and other First Nation organizations and
provincial ministries on health to see if a team approach can built
into what will be a substantial investment for both on and off reserve
populations of Serpent River First Nation.
"If we are going to explore evolving health authority models in our
communities," says Day, "we must be willing to think outside of the box
and extend every opportunity to take a new approach. In this case, we
are turning to the principle of investment spending in the lives of our
children; I'm sure we won't go wrong with that."
The Chief and Council are hopeful that this important initiative will be
implemented in the next few months and that other governments will be
ready to roll their sleeves up and collaborate on this vital
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
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