Debates of the Senate  
3rd Session, 40th Parliament,Volume 147, Issue 20.
  Thursday, April 22, 2010
Question Period: Indian Affairs and Northern Development

  Funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: I do not believe the minister answered the honourable senator's question. Senator Lovelace Nicholas was asking how many of the healing centres have closed. In particular, how many have closed after the end of March 31 of this year?

Senator LeBreton: I thank the honourable senator for the question. There are 12 centres still operating. I will have to find out, by written response, where they are, and the reasons behind the closures of the others. Perhaps they have combined services, I have no direct knowledge about the closures, but I will certainly get that information.

However, again, $199 million more have been added to this particular area in the last budget, which I think most people who are trying to address this serious situation appreciate.

Senator Dyck: Could the Leader of the Government in the Senate, in her search for the answers, find out whether the Nechi Institute and the healing centres on the Tsuu T'ina First Nation and the Kainai First Nation in Alberta are still operational after the end of March of this year?

Senator LeBreton: Certainly.