CBC Thunder Bay explores what happens to First Nations residents as they age and require long-term care.
June Wynne (left, above) works full time as a translator at the William A George Extended Care facility in Sioux Lookout. She says it makes Aboriginal residents feel at home when they can speak to her in their own language.
Florence Twance (right, above) lives at Dawson Court in Thunder Bay because there are no long term care homes in her home community of Pic River First Nation. She says she was very lonely when she first moved to the city.
Experts say Ontario's Aging At Home strategy excludes aboriginal seniors. We begin a special series this week with stories from Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout and Eabametoong First Nation.
Clara and Tenna Boyce (left, above) live in Eabametoong First Nation. They want to stay in the community, but Tenna may soon need more home care than the local Home and Community Care program can provide.
Felicia Sagutch, Ann Waswa and Nancy Keeskitay (right, above) are in charge of home care in Eabametoong First Nation. They say services provided through the Home and Community Care program help take the stress off caregivers, but don't necessarily help seniors live longer in the community.
Home care workers say aging at home isn't an option in remote First Nation communities. Two seniors from Eabametoong First Nation share their story for Part Two in our series Aging Alone.
Ellen Neshinapaisc (left, above) doesn't want to leave her community when she's too old to look after herself. She has been asking the leaders of Eabametoong First Nation to build a long term care home for 10 years.
Robert Baxter (right, above) is the Health Director in Eabametoong First Nation. He says it's not likely that the community will find the funds to build a long term care home.
Seniors in Eabametoong First Nation are tired of watching friends move out of town. They have a dream that would make it possible to age at home in their community. Melanie Ferrier continues her series.
Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews (above) said she will meet with Aboriginal leaders to discuss how to provide long-term care for seniors living in First Nation communities.
Ontario's Aging At Home strategy is six years in the making...but seniors living in remote First Nation communities are still traveling to the city for care. Health Minister Deb Matthews talks with Lisa Laco.
David Murray (left, above) is CEO of Meno Ya Win Health Centre. He would like to build a second long term care home in Sioux Lookout with culturally appropriate services.
Janet Gordon (middle, above) is the Health Director for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. She has been looking into other long term care options for remote communities in northwestern Ontario.
Teresa Trudeau (right, above) is the Traditional Coordinator with Anishnawbe Mushkiki in Thunder Bay. She would like to see Aboriginal seniors living together in a facility with culturally appropriate care.
We wrap up our special series. Today we'll look to the future of long term care.