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

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.


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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.

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

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