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Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach would like to share the following
news release amongst our network. It has been posted to the Veterans
Affairs Canada Website; however we encourage you to pass this message
along to anyone of interest.

News Release – Veterans Affairs Canada expands access to mental
health services in Kingston

April 5, 2018 – Kingston, Ontario – Veterans Affairs Canada

When a Veteran is struggling with their mental health, and they find
the courage to talk about it and seek help, timely access to mental
health services can make the difference. The Government of Canada is
committed to ensuring Veterans and their families have the mental health
services they need when and where they need it.

Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined George Weber,
President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (The Royal), for
the opening of The Royal’s newest Operational Stress Injury (OSI)
Clinic service site in Kingston, Ontario.

Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and operated in partnership with The
Royal, the new service site will address the increased demand for OSI
Clinic services in the greater Kingston area.

Quotes
"We have come so far in our understanding and treatment of mental
health for Canada's serving members and Veterans. What is equally as
important is making sure that those supports are available where and
when our Veterans need them. By opening this new clinic in Kingston, we
are better able to provide the specialized treatments and supports, as
well as educational programs and therapy, for Veterans and their
families. "
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and
Associate Minister of National Defence

“Veterans struggling with their mental health shouldn’t have to
look far to find help. The skilled and caring staff at The Royal are
experts in providing support and treatment for operational stress
injuries. By expanding these services to Kingston, we hope to help even
more Veterans and their families begin to heal.”
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa

Quick Facts
· An operational stress injury is any persistent psychological
difficulty resulting from operational duties performed while serving in
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or as a member of the RCMP.

· There are 11 OSI clinics across Canada. These include two
operational stress injury clinics at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in
Montreal— one residential and one outpatient—as well as
operational stress injury clinics in London, Quebec City, Winnipeg,
Calgary, Fredericton, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Dartmouth.
Additional satellite clinic sites, such as in Kingston, provide services
closer to locations where Veterans live.

· Through the VAC Assistance Service, Veterans can reach a
professional counsellor at any time—24 hours a day, 365 days a
year—by calling 1-800-268-7708.

Associated Links
Network of OSI Clinics
(http://www.veterans.gc.ca/…/understanding-mental-he…/clinics)

For immediate release
NEWS RELEASE
House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs Launches Study on Indigenous Veterans
Ottawa, May 8, 2018 -
 
For the first time, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs is undertaking a study on Indigenous veterans. To that end, the Committee plans to hold seven meetings in Ottawa until mid-June, and a delegation of MPs will travel to meet with Indigenous veterans in late May. According to the preliminary itinerary, the delegation will be in:
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 28;
  • Millbrook, Nova Scotia, on May 28;
  • Indian Brook, Nova Scotia, on May 28;
  • The Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, on May 29;
  • Beauval, Saskatchewan, on May 30; and
  • Victoria, British Columbia, on May 31.
 
In a second part of this study, the Committee also hopes to travel in the fall of 2018 to meet with Indigenous veterans living in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. <
 
The topics of the study of Needs and Issues Specific to Indigenous Veterans will include:
  • Support offered to Indigenous veterans by their communities during the transition process;
  • Quality of services offered to Indigenous veterans by Veterans Affairs Canada;
  • Specific needs of Indigenous veterans living in remote areas;
  • Specific issues affecting:

    • First Nations veterans (on- and off-reserve);
    • Métis veterans;
    • Inuit veterans;
    • Modern-day Indigenous veterans; and
    • Indigenous reservists.
  • Treatment of Indigenous veterans who served in the Second World War and the Korean War;
  • Issues concerning veterans who served with the Canadian Rangers; and
  • Services offered to Indigenous veterans who served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Veterans Affairs Canada.
 
At the conclusion of this study, a report will be tabled in the House of Commons containing recommendations to the government on the benefits and services offered to Indigenous veterans. Organizations and veterans interested in taking part in this study are invited to express their interest by email to [email protected] by May 22, 2018. For more information on the study of Needs and Issues Specific to Indigenous Veterans: https://bit.ly/2wjWMAI.
 
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For more information, please contact
Karine Parenteau, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs
Tel: 613-944-9354
E-mail: [email protected]

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Metis Nation of Ontario Oldest Veteran Celebrates his 105th Birthday
Metis Nation of Ontario's Oldest Veteran Celebrates his 105th Birthday

Veteran Alexander Boucher celebrated his 105th birthday last Saturday in Britt. What a special day for Alex being the oldest Aboriginal Veteran in Canada. He was presented the Order of the Sash by MNO President Margaret Froh and the Metis commemorative statue (presented by MNOVC Secretary/Treasurer Greg Garratt) of the Aboriginal Monument which is located in Penetanguishene, Ontario.The MNOVC was able to orchestrate to have representatives of the MNOVC attend this very special day. Many gift were presented, including a special quilt from Quilt of Valour by MNOVC Women's Rep Shelly Claus. Also in attend was Brian Black MNOVC Chair and several family members as well as friends.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX