Media Release issued by De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre
It is with great excitement we announce the launch of the Biindigen Well Being Centre, which will be home to De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg and Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services. In addition, McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine will be partnering with De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre to provide additional Primary Care Services to the local community.
A new Indigenous health centre will be built in Hamilton, transforming Indigenous health care throughout the region. Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg’s development will provide increased opportunities to offer supports and services across the lifecycle that are based in Indigenous ways of knowing and being. The Biindigen Well Being Centre is possible by financial support from the federal, provincial, and municipal governments.
The Biindigen Well Being Centre will be in the McQuesten Neighbourhood. This new centre will be located at 785 Britannia Avenue. The Indigenous population in the City of Hamilton is 3.3%; however, in the McQuesten Neighbourhood the Indigenous Population is 6%.
“Safe, affordable housing is a fundamental prerequisite to health. Through this unique partnership, McMaster University and the City of Hamilton are demonstrating that wholistic, Indigenous-led solutions is the change we need for the benefit of all people,” stated Justin Marchand, CEO of OAHS.