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November 14th 2023
An inner city hotel with a reputation is about to become a hub for healing.
Pimicikamak Cree Nation is part of a business venture to turn Balmoral Hotel into an Indigenous wellness centre. It would feature a walk-in clinic, a pharmacy and a daycare.
The hotel has a checkered past and present – once a bar and strip club. But the new plan will help heal the community and transform the area.
“It’s going to be a game changer for our people,” said David Muswaggon, a councillor with the Pimicikamak Cree Nation.
The Cree Nation was part of a business group that took over the building on Nov. 1 to redevelop the hotel – and beer vendor which will close – in order to build the wellness centre.
“Our job is to come here with a plan to provide hope, not only to our people but to the people that are struggling in the area.”
There will also be a 28-unit apartment adjacent to the centre which will include low income housing and space for long term care patients.