SCO’s Health Care Heroes
April 8, 2021
It has been a very uncertain year for everyone as a new “normal” emerged and precious lives were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The disproportionate impact on First Nations and their citizens remains a top issue. Throughout every difficult moment this year, First Nation frontline workers and leadership have stood up and devoted themselves to helping others and saving lives. Chiefs, Councils, Health Directors, front line workers, and others have devoted themselves to keeping their communities safe throughout the long and difficult pandemic.
In recognition of World Health Day 2021, we celebrate some of the SCO Health Care Heroes we have had the pleasure of meeting this year!
Let us know who YOUR favourite health care hero is by emailing [email protected]
Epitome of Strong Leadership – Pine Creek First Nation
Last year, SCO made history by signing an historic agreement with the federal government to begin transferring control of health care into our own hands.
Chief Karen Batson from Pine Creek First Nation is a remarkable leader who chairs SCO’s Chiefs Health Action Table.
When asked about this critical work, Chief Batson remarked she sees an opportunity to envision, create, and develop a health care system that TRULY addresses the diverse health care needs of all First Nation people in southern Manitoba.
Before being elected as Pine Creek’s first female Chief in early 2017, Batson taught at Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College and also worked as a Mental Health Practitioner.
We are so fortunate to have Chief Batson leading this initiative for our communities!