Support for Urban Aboriginal Health, Culture and Economic Growth
"The vision for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games has always included meaningful legacies. It's exciting and gratifying to see positive impacts already emerging, even before the Games begin."
-- The Hon. David Peterson, Chair of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015) and Board of Directors
“The Thunderbird Arts, Culture & Entrepreneur Centre looks forward to a new platform for Aboriginal artists and businesses through the establishment of an Aboriginal hub that will give voice and share our Indigenous customs, languages, and community within Canada’s largest urban landscape. We wish to thank and applaud the Ontario Government for having the foresight and commitment to champion this extraordinary initiative on behalf of all First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples in Toronto.”
-- Derek Chum, Chair, Thunderbird Arts, Cultural & Entrepreneur Centre
“This forward-looking investment in the health and cultural well-being of our Aboriginal population will also help to enhance other urban communities in the West Don Lands. Alongside other great Pan and Parapan Am Games projects, it will serve Toronto Centre and the entire city well into the future.”
-- Chrystia Freeland, MP for Toronto Centre:
"Over the years the urban Aboriginal population has grown enormously and the labour pool has contributed tremendously to Toronto’s economy. The opportunity to expand the training programs in keeping with the growing need is a tremendous investment in the future of Toronto Aboriginal young people."
-- Nancy Martin, Executive Director, Miziwe Biik
“I am delighted to learn today that Anishnawbe Health Toronto has found its new home in Toronto's newest neighbourhood. I believe that Anishnawbe Health Toronto will provide an important contribution to the vision for the West Don Lands as an inclusive community that supports a diverse, healthy, and socially sustainable population.”
-- Pam McConnell, Councillor, Ward 28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale
“The community has worked tirelessly to improve access to western medical and tradtional Aboriginal healing services by offering them in one location. The new space will ensure Anishnawbe can continue its success in improving the lives and health of Toronto’s Urban Aboriginal People. I commend the government for recognizing the unique needs of this population.”
-- Camille Orridge, CEO, Toronto Central LHIN
"We are absolutely delighted that Anishnawbe Health Toronto is making this tremendous step forward to strengthen Aboriginal health services in Toronto, and are proud of our ongoing partnership and the difference AHT is making in the lives of so many people. The U of T recently affiliated with AHT and is delighted to promote the critical curricula on urban aboriginal health in our health professions education programs as part of our social responsibility."
-- Catharine Whiteside, Dean, Faculty of Medicine; Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions