M’Chigeeng First Nation Donates to the Let’s Emerg Together Campaign

Mindemoya, ON - On February 16, 2022, M’Chigeeng First Nation donated $5,000.00 to the Manitoulin Health Centre capital campaign, Let’s Emerg Together, in support of the renovation and expansion of the Mindemoya Emergency Department. 


Incoming President and CEO Paula Fields provided a progress report and tour to Ogimaa Kwe Linda Debassige alongside Art Jacko, Enaagdenjged (Director of Operations) of the newly expanded emergency department at the Mindemoya site of Manitoulin Health Centre. Although construction is not complete, Ogimaa Kwe Debassige and Mr. Jacko could clearly see the vision. 


On behalf of the M’Chigeeng First Nation, Ogimaa Kwe Debassige and Mr. Jacko were pleased to offer $5,000.00 to the initiative Let’s Emerg Together. When asked about the donation, Ogimaa Debassige said “Former Ogimaa and current Councillor, Joseph Hare brought forward the recommendation to the Council which was met with unanimous support. It is important that M’Chigeeng First Nation support this expansion initiative which will offer increased access to care by members of our community. The

care of the physicians and the nursing team at Manitoulin Health Centre is integral to the overall health of our membership and our communities. We are very fortunate to have the ability to access quality health care services here on Manitoulin as well as the supportive partnership our M’Chigeeng Health Services team has with Manitoulin Health Centre.” Ogimaa Debassige went on to challenge all other First Nation communities, municipalities and organizations to make a similar donation. 


The renovation and expansion of the emergency department in Mindemoya will provide an additional 4,200 square feet of much needed space. The addition of a new trauma room, space for assessment for those in mental health crisis as well as a room for families to gather for difficult conversations or perhaps a moment of peace and quiet are just some of the improvements that will provide patients with an improved experience. 


When asked about the $5,000 donation Ms. Fields said “Chi-Miigwech for the continued support of M’Chigeeng First Nation Chief and Council. We are very fortunate to have such amazing community partners. The renovation and expansion of the Mindemoya Emergency Department will better serve all of our patients from all across Manitoulin Island and our visitors. This very kind donation will see us closer to our vision”.


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Kelly Timmermans

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Manitoulin Health Centre


(705) 348-0961


Pictured left to right: Ogimaa Kwe Chief Linda Debassige, M’Chigeeng First Nation; Paula Fields, Incoming President and CEO, Manitoulin Health Centre; Art Jacko, Enaagdenjged (Director of Operations), M’Chigeeng First Nation 
The Manitoulin Health Centre (MHC) is a two-site small rural hospital serving the people of Mnidoo Mnising (Manitoulin Island). We are proud to operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinabek people. MHC is committed to ongoing action, awareness, and education that build on reconciliation efforts, and to work against anti-Indigenous racism. We honour the land and First nations presence, practices, language, ceremonies and protocols.