Federal government announces $40M for new Cross Lake hospital amid suicide crisis

The First Nation’s chief is now calling on the Manitoba government to match the funds

Dennis Ward
APTN National News
The Northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake, or Pimicikamak, First Nation remains under a state of emergency.

It was declared in March following a string of suicides.

But an announcement by the federal minister of health has provided a ray of hope.


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Dennis is Metis from southern Manitoba. After spending a decade working in TV in Alberta and Ontario, Dennis returned to Manitoba to join APTN’s Winnipeg bureau as reporter/correspondent in September 2014. In 2016, he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his story A Soldier Scorned for APTN Investigates. In 2017, he became a host/producer for APTN National News and Face to Face. In 2020, Dennis and co host Melissa Ridgen were nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor, National.