Alberta’s associate minister of mental health and addictions stopped in Standoff, the largest community on the Blood Tribe Reserve, to meet those on the front lines battling the opioid crisis.
“It’s a really unique experience, I’m so pleased that I took the time to tour the site here and talk to so many people,” said Jason Luan, the associate minister.
Luan toured several facilities including the Blood Tribe’s safe withdrawal site, emergency services.
This was the minister’s first visit since the UCP was elected.
He wanted a first-hand look at the service’s provided and hear accounts from those using the facilities.
“Our government is committed that we work together with our community partners, hopefully find solutions and lots of participation from our partners including the tribes and so forth…. be a solution and create something that works,” added Luan.
His visit came as Premier Jason Kenney announced a freeze on funding for harm reduction initiatives, and is reviewing supervised consumption sites.
While the minister did not make any specific commitments, he did show interest in working with Blood Tribe partners.
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