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Nova Scotia opens first long-term care home serving Mi’kmaq seniors

ESKASONI, N.S. — Nova Scotia is opening the first long-term care facility in a First Nations community in the province.

An opening ceremony for the 48-room facility was held today in the Cape Breton Mi’kmaq community of Eskasoni.

The care home is named Kiknu (Gig-new), a Mi’kmaq word meaning “our home,” and will offer culturally responsive services to Mi’kmaq seniors from across the province.

Its design and care-management plan were guided by discussions with Eskasoni elders.

The new home is owned by the First Nation, which will partner with private long-term care provider Shannex to operate the facility.

Ottawa contributed $19.6 million and the province $11.6 million for the construction of the facility, whose residents are scheduled to begin moving in April 23.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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