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Jan 26, 2024
In the summer of 2023, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan purchased two adjacent river lots that had been advertised for sale in the Rural Municipality of Fish Creek just north of the junction of provincial highways #312 and #225. The location of the river lots are just downstream from where historically, Gabriel Dumont operated a ferry crossing. On January 18th a public information meeting was held in Wakaw with representatives from the Rural Municipality of Fish Creek #402 and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S) in attendance.
A source within MN-S shared several months ago that originally consideration was given to constructing a Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Centre at Batoche, but Melissa Pederson, Infrastructure Manager in charge of all capital builds for MN-S, clarified that the lack of infrastructure made it fiscally more prudent to build where power and telephone infrastructure already existed and were accessible. Thus, when the river lots became available, they were purchased, and the decision made to begin the preliminary legwork needed to have ‘all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed’ so the project, a Métis-Distinct Land-Based Healing Lodge, could move forward. The Lodge will be a ‘stand-alone’ facility due to the very nature of the work that will go on there and will be located well back from the road, close to the river. For individuals seeking treatment and healing, peace, privacy, and solitude are paramount.