Eabametoong has carried the vision of a community healing and wellness centre for several years. As the current facility (located near Thomas Bridge) lays dormant, EFN leadership recognized an opportunity to partner with FedNor to renovate the building’s interior and bring it to life. EFN has secured funds through the Canada 150 Community Capital Program to begin this restoration project.
Renovating this building will ensure openness and accessibility to a variety of community programs and services that promote well-being and Elder-Youth relationship building, the sharing of Traditional Knowledge, reconnecting to the land, healing initiatives and community celebrations.
Renovations and upgrades include: tightening and sand-blasting the exterior to ensure preservation of the structure; installing woodstoves and ceiling fans; creating a sweat room; installing proper flooring, windows and doors; creating an office space; and repurposing the main lobby as an open space used for (but not limited to): community workshops, Elder-Youth gathering, training initiatives, and community celebrations.
This project will be led by the Senior Advisor and Health Director. Renovations will begin in June-July 2017 and will conclude by March 2018. Stay tuned via the local radio station and community announcements for more information.
A sweat room (complete with cedar walls and a woodstove) would be added to the north-facing bump out, overlooking Reserve Lake:
A birds-eye-view on the interior of the renovated Centre – 2 stoves to be added in the middle; 2 additional ‘room’ to be added (offices with no roof to allow for air flow within the building); ceiling fans; flooring; doors and windows: