Services will be offered are rooted in culture and traditions complimented with primary care practitioners in a safe and culturally supported environment.

Traditional Healing Services

The Traditional healing services program will sustain person/client beliefs and values by providing Indigenous-based ceremony, guidance, counsel, and cultural education services to facilitate holistic healing of self, family, community and nation. All of the programs will be delivered in a culturally safe manner to our local urban Indigenous population in addition to our partner First Nations, Nipissing, Temagami and Dokis. Furthermore, our Traditional team will advocate on behalf of our community members with regard to equitable access to traditional healing and health services. The Traditional Healing Service will foster a positive environment through direct consultation and seeks advice and direction of our local Elders, Healers and Medicine people with respect to Traditional Healing Methods.

Traditional Healers/Elders/Knowledge Keepers

Traditional Healers will be available by appointment to provide traditional healing/counselling/spiritual services to Indigenous people and their families in clinical and community settings, ceremonial rooms, and within ceremonial sites as appropriate, in accord with local Indigenous cultural paradigms and practices.

Primary Health Care

All programming will incorporate holistic traditional approaches to healing and wellness and/or include a Cultural Practitioner when needed.

The Primary Care Team will serve the Indigenous community from birth to seniors within the City of North Bay and to the Nipissing, Dokis & Temagami First Nations.

New programs and services:
• Focus on improving access to traditional and culturally safe care,
• Enhance access to mental health and addiction programming,
• Expand maternal and child care services,
• Chronic disease management (i.e., diabetes, heart disease, arthritis),
• Adult wellness check-ups,
• Cancer screening,
Culturally safe end-of-life care community care coordination support in navigating the health care system
• Video Conferencing.

Referral processes are currently being established to ensure optimal information flow to occur between NBIH and our partners.

Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is a secure lifetime record of your health history that is real-time access to your relevant medical information, so your health care team can provide the best care for you with the highest standards of privacy protection.

Child Care & EarlyON Centre

Early Childhood Development and Learning Services will be available at the permanent site once it is available for occupancy and available to individuals of the Nipissing District. Visit this link to apply for child care:

The Day Care and EarlyON Centre will reflect Indigenous approaches to child care and families by offering safe, friendly programs which will incorporate:

• Language,
• Traditional Teachings,
• Land-based Activities,
• Storytelling,
• Elder Visits, and
• Support the children emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically while promoting positive self-identity and connection to our ways of being.

There will be 87 Child Care spaces:

• 10 Infant,
• 15 Toddlers,
• 32 Preschoolers, and
• 30 School Age Children

EarlyON Centre will provide core services mandated by the Ministry of Education:

1. Engaging parents & caregivers.
2. Support early learning and development.
3. Making connections to other family services.

For further information on Program Statement, follow this link: Program Statement Child Care 

Mental Wellness Practitioner Program

This program is to aim with enhancing community knowledge of mental health, addictions, services, and improve the overall health and well-being of clients in local urban Indigenous population including North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre in addition to our partner First Nations, Nipissing, Temagami and Dokis First Nations. Build and strengthen bridges between traditional and western approaches to wellness while delivering services in a culturally competent and safe health and patient care management.

  • Referral and linkage– service providers in the community, treatment and addiction services.
  • Case management- intake, assessment of needs, service planning, service plan implementation, service coordination, monitoring and follow-up, reassessment, case conferencing, crisis intervention, and case closure.
  • Support Groups – provides assistance to ongoing self-help and support groups in the region.
  • Advocacy – advocacy on issues related to mental health and addictions and the right of those people affected.
  • Crisis support- Emotional support; Help to navigate ongoing mental health concerns; Management of suicide crisis; Identifying resources for short and long term support; and skills for coping with situational crises. If after hours, please contact the following number if you are in crisis: 1.866.996.0991
  • Restart program– assist people with reentering the workplace or finish education after addiction treatment.
  • Consultation and collaborating with other professional staff concerning clinical issues.

For more information please contact Giiwedno Mshkikiiwgamig at 705-995-0060

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