At a news conference, the government focused its Continuing Care Capital Program on Alberta's Indigenous people, offering ongoing funding to build continuing care spaces with culturally appropriate care.
As detailed in the 2023 Budget, The Continuing Care Capital Program is receiving $310 million over three years and includes an Indigenous stream. A new intake of grant proposals from Indigenous groups will open later this year; a follow-up to initial grant funding proposals that closed in late 2021. The UCP says collaborating with First nations and Metis groups supports the work of reconciliation and ensures they receive access to high-quality care across the province.
“Indigenous people in our province need better access to culturally safe continuing care spaces so they can receive the care they need in familiar surroundings close to their families and friends," said Health Minister Jason Copping.
Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations, said the program allows for Indigenous-led solutions and strong partnerships. Chief George Arcand Jr. of Alexander First Nation agrees, saying, "The Continuing Care Capital Program will keep Elders and loved ones close to their families in our communities. Sustainable, on-reserve health care ensures Alexander First Nation families will lead strong, healthy and connected lives for the next seven generations."
While the Indigenous stream of the Continuing Care Capital Program is a first in Canada, Alberta Health works to improve Indigenous health care through other initiatives too, including working with First Nations and Metis health leaders on the complaints process and emergency response, and work on various Indigenous health advisory panels.