Chippewas of Rama to build diagnostic imaging and health education and training facility



    New state of the art facility to house GE's multi-disciplinary training
    centre

    RAMA, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - CHIPPEWAS OF RAMA FIRST NATION - Chief Sharon
Stinson Henry was joined today by Ryerson Chancellor Raymond Chang and
officials from GE Healthcare for the groundbreaking of a new Diagnostic
Imaging and Health Education Training Centre to be built on Rama Mnjikaning
First Nation land.
    This facility, which is scheduled to open in 2010, will provide a venue
for First Nations' people and others to learn a variety of diagnostic and
other health-care skills. In doing so, not only will the facility help address
some of Ontario's health human resource challenges, it will also be a vehicle
to build new hope and opportunity for First Nations' people.
    "This is a proud day for our people," said Chief Stinson Henry. "As many
of you know, our ancestors, the people of Mnjikaning, were great healers. They
were people who earned a reputation for sharing the good fortune of their
hunting and fishing with others while at the same time offering them medicines
and nurturing the ill back to health. I can think of no greater way to honour
the spirits of those who came before us than to build a modern state-of
the-art diagnostic training centre that will empower our people to give action
to the values of compassion, care and community our forefathers have forever
instilled within us," the Chief added.
    This training facility will be the first of its kind in Canada as it will
be housed on Native land, built with First Nation funds and managed in
partnership with the private sector.
    "On behalf of GE Healthcare Canada, I am pleased to announce GE's
intention to house our multi-disciplinary training centre at this new state of
the art facility," General Manager Peter Robertson said today. "With this
decision, Ontario and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation will become home to
our company's most modern diagnostic equipment and all of the training
benefits that come with them," Mr. Robertson added.
    "Scotiabank values its relationship with this great Nation and believes
this innovative training centre will serve as a model for future success,"
said Frank Switzer, Scotiabank's Director of Public Affairs. "We congratulate
the Rama Mnjikaning First Nation on today's groundbreaking."
    Chief Stinson Henry concluded her remarks by introducing and thanking
Ryerson Chancellor Raymond Chang and his business partner Harold Springer from
Springboard Corporation for their mentorship, vision and continuing support,
without which she noted today's announcement would not have been possible.
    "I am pleased to know that the hopes and dreams of young aboriginal
people will be better because of the hard work of the people here today,"
stated Mr. Chang.

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Holroyde, Hill & Knowlton, Tel: (416) 413-4625, Cell: (416) 805-7942, Email:
julie.holroyde@hillandknowlton.ca; Cathy Edney, Communications Manager, Rama
First Nation, Tel.: (705) 325-3611 ext. 1241, Email: c.edney@mnjikaning.ca

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