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New program aims to offer mental, dental care to First Nations by bus – Starphoenix

“People don’t have to leave their First Nations communities to get treatment. That is the goal.”

Ethan Bear of the Edmonton Oilers hockey team says he knows what it’s like to feel “stranded.”

That’s why he’s lending his support to a $3.3 million pilot project to have a team of health workers travel by bus to seven Saskatchewan First Nations.

The five-year project is funded by the provincial and federal governments to the tune of $2.5 million, with another $800,000 to be raised in a capital campaign by non-profit Synergy 8. The travelling team includes a mental health worker, a dentist, a dental assistant and a community paramedic.

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