Shekoli swakweku, everybody. I'm from the Oneida Nation of the Thames. I was the elected chief from 2008 to 2014. During that time we built a long-term care facility. That was the first one in Ontario in over 25 years, since Akwesasne was awarded some bids. I can speak to some of the difficulties we had in building the facility. At the end of the day all I can say is thank God for the recession in 2008 and some stimulus dollars. First nations are pretty much in a constant recession/depression mode. We were able to get some money out of FedDev, but until that point no place in government would support that. Even INAC said they didn't have any dollars specifically for long-term care facilities. Their priority is on other areas. I don't know about drinking water, considering the situation, but there's just not enough capital.
As for employment and training, we have about 6,000 members, about 2,400 on reserve. We started the training around the same time as the construction was going on. We had start-up programs for PSWs utilizing our employment and training dollars, and also encouraging people to go into RPN and the health programs, those sorts of things. Right now we have around 70 full- and part-time positions through PSWs. We have RPNs, administration, maintenance, the whole gamut. Maybe 60% to 70% are first nations employees. They're not all from Oneida. Some are from neighbouring first nations, some are non-first nations. Our residents are also Oneida and also from local first nations in the southwest region and from the general population as well. We have a combination.
You have to take some initiatives and do some things early on in the staffing process to make sure you build up your human resources to do that. There were a lot of roadblocks.