Northern N.B. First Nation communities ink deal with health authorities

Five Northern New Brunswick First Nation communities have inked a deal with the province's two health authorities in an effort to improve mental health wellness and addiction services for their communities.

Pabineau First Nation chief David Peter-Paul, along with his counterparts from Natoagagneg, Metepenagiag, Esgenoopetitj, and Ugpi'ganjig First Nations, and the Vitalite and Horozon Health Networks signed the memorandum of understanding in Miramichi on March 21st.

The partnership would see more cultural healing practices used to treat aboriginal people dealing with mental health and addiction issues along with western medicine.

Eel Ground Health Centre's Jean Bartibogue says there are plans to hire clinicians and traditional healers for all five of the First Nations.

The Vitalite Health Network says the memorandum of understanding will make it easier to work together to apply for government funding.

(with files from the Miramichi Leader)