Health care cuts

About 840 jobs might be cut at Health Canada, while the National Aboriginal Health Organization’s funding has been eliminated.

“We got a call last Wednesday and they told us that our funding of $4.4 million was cut, that what they were doing was protecting the monies that go to regions, to First Nations and Inuit – direct services was being protected and that funding for indirect services like ours was being cut,” said Simon Brascoupé, NAHO’s chief executive officer.

The not-for-profit organization will close June 30. It has been running for 12 years. NAHO’s mandate was to work to advance the health of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada. It had separate branches to address the health needs of each group.