Sol Mamakwa MPP for Kiiwetinoong

Government of Ontario

Ford must support Sioux Lookout doctors calling for more frontline staff for First Nations

Published on January 29, 2021

SIOUX LOOKOUT - Doug Ford should take immediate action on the call from 47 doctors from the Sioux Lookout region for the federal government to urgently increase funding for nursing, support staff and housing, said Sol Mamakwa, NDP MPP for Kiiwetinoong.

“During this pandemic as COVID has spread to five communities in Kiiwetinoong, it’s completely outrageous that both the federal and provincial governments have been ignoring the calls for help from so many doctors in the Sioux Lookout region. The Ford government should have been taking action in these Northern Ontario communities from day one and supporting First Nations health care and housing. It is unacceptable that the Ford government continues to play jurisdictional games with the lives and the health of the people of Kiiwetinoong.

Doug Ford has ignored the chronic shortages of health care in fly-in Northern communities, lack of safe housing, and the very basics like the need for clean running water for families. COVID-19 has worsened the existing mental health crisis in the North and mental health
emergencies have been increasing due to prolonged community isolation.

Doug Ford should be listening to these doctors and taking immediate action. They work in our communities. They are sounding the alarm. Health care providers need help, and Doug Ford should send it now.”