Due to a nursing shortage the nursing station as of May 16 to May 23, 2022, ISC will be directing all Nursing Stations to work in an ‘OPEN to EMERGENCY’ only status. ‘Open to emergencies’ ensures that emergent and life sustaining care is available and there is a transition into an emergency room model. All patients, both scheduled appointments and walk-ins, will be triaged and seen accordingly. Non Urgent appointments will be deferred until regular staffing levels are resumed.

Patients can expect longer than usual wait times for services as the department must also schedule rest periods for the nurses to ensure safe patient care.

ISC’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) is working diligently and using all resources at its disposal to provide nurses to address the shortage situation, ensure safe care, and continue to, at a minimum, provide emergency services to First Nation clients.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is aware of the difficulties and the impact that nursing staff shortages have on First Nation communities, and the department is committed to finding both immediate and long term solutions to remedy the situation.

Please call the nursing station at 204-484-2031 for all emergencies and with any questions or concerns.