PART OF OUR #I DIDN’T KNOW 2019 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN – VISIT THIS FEBRUARY 2020
The Health for Fort Hope project aims to assist members of Fort Hope First Nation with accessing health through orthotics, foot care, prosthetics and knowledge sharing based on the needs of the community. This is a pilot project of the Indigenous Medical Alliance.
Health for Fort Hope is lead by a team of medical professionals to help serve the needs for Eabementoong First Nation, a fly-in community approximately 360 kms north of Thunder Bay. Their first trip began in June 2019 and helped to assess the health care needs in the community. In collaboration with nursing station staff, and home care staff, the Health for Fort Hope project was able to fit and assess for orthotics and home care needs. With this relationship between the team and community members of Fort Hope, the team will be providing a foot care nurse and continued visits for orthotics and home care needs.
The community of Fort Hope is located on the shores of Eabamet Lake in the Albany River system 360 km north of Thunder Bay. This is a fly-in community in the middle of northern Ontario with winter roads utilized February through March.
There are approximately 1500 people who live on the reserve, with an additional 700+ community members living off the reserve. While most residents speak English, it is common to hear people speaking Anishinaabe.
Four individuals will be travelling to assist with all of the above: AJ Venter (Canadian Certified Orthotist), Marty Robertson (Canadian Board Certified Prosthetist), Michael Amesse (National Association of Career College Certified Personal Support Worker) and Amanda Stolk (Project Lead for True North Aid).