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Introduction

Wauzhushk Onigum is situated approximately 10 kms from the urban centre of Kenora, Ontario.  Approximately 200 kms from Winnipeg, MB and 500 kms from Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Membership is approximately 600+ on the register and 430 living in the community. 

WAUZHUSHK ONIGUM’S PRIMARY HEALTH CARE STRIVES TO COMBINE WESTERN CURATIVE AND SUPPORTS TRADITIONAL HEALING PHILOSOPHIES AND PRACTICES.

 

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Objectives

To build the capacity with our First Nation to plan, develop and deliver comprehensive, culturally sensitive, accessible and effective the whole being of health care.

To offer and strive for excellence in effective, sustainable, accessible and culturally appropriate programs and services to the members of Wauzhushk Onigum.

Program Demographics


Brighter Futures

Worker:  Mingo Skead   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objectives:

  • Ensure integrated and coordinated care for families, youth, children & elders and the community in a holistic and respectful manner.
  • Support community development and provide opportunities for the community so that they can enhance and support their optimal health and well-being

Activities:

  • Deliver culturally appropriate and holistic community based programs and projects
  • Linkages and networking with outside health authorities
  • Assist families, individuals and community members to develop or enhance positive attitudes, values, skills that have roots in our cultural heritage and traditions
  • Activities that promote the well being of our community, mentally, physically, spiritually
  • Awareness and education on how a community can address suicide prevention
NATIONAL NATIVE ALCOHOL & DRUG ABUSE

Worker:  Gary Skead   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objectives:

  • To undertake community based activities to support the implementation of our nndap. and support the community’s reduction of alcohol/substance abuse.
  • To build wauzhushk onigum’s capacity to develop and deliver culturally appropriate community based activities
  • Strengthen links between community based program and treatment centres
  • Provide support to individuals and families in post and pre treatment

Activites:

  • Sharing Circles
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse free recreational activities
  • Promote addictions awareness and addiction free lifestyles
ABORIGINAL DIABETES INITIATIVE

Worker: Dawn Treleaven   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of diabetes, diabetes risk factors and complications as well as ways to prevent diabetes
  • To improve the health status of individuals, families through actions aimed at reducing prevalence and incidences of diabetes and risk factors

Activities:

  • Healthy Eating and food security, (community kitchen, Nutrition Bingo, etc)
  • Physical Activities, i.e. poker walks, sports geared to age-factor
  • Screening and on-going clinics, (foot clinics, dietician support, retinopathy)
  • Info workshops to increase knowledge and increase capacity to prevent and manage diabetes
HEALTH PROMOTIONS/ILLNESS PREVENTION

Worker: Dawn Treleaven   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Objective:

  • Promote healthy life choices and promotions and injury/illness prevention

Activities:

  • Family planning
  • Health clinics—vision, hearing, sexual health, growth, nutrition, safety hazards, wellness screening, flu clinics, immunization, doctor/nurses clinics, referrals to outside service providers, promotion of social opportunities
  • Develop and co-ordinate and culturally appropriate approach associated with HIV/Aids programming for awareness and prevention
MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH/EARLY DEVELOPMENT

Worker: Micaiah Skead

Objective:

  • To improve healthy outcomes for babies, children and family health with the areas of focus on prenatal health, nutrition, early literacy and learning and promotion of physical, emotional and mental health.
  • Aid in the development, delivery and management of culturally appropriate programs, services and to provide support to families with young children

Activities:

  • Literacy related activities/resources
  • Parental involvement for education and awareness
  • Promote traditional/cultural teachings
  • Promote healthy eating through nutrition/dietary activities
BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

Workers:  Health Team

Objectives:

  • Establish and enhance wauzhushk onigum’s management and control to provide tools to promote and aid in wholistic and cultural activities for the complete well-being and safety of our community and its membership

Activities:

  • Provide community education and awareness that will address the well being of our people through workshops and culturally based programming
  • Promotion of traditional/cultural teachings, (language, history, dance, values)
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION- NON-INSURED HEALTH BENEFITS

Worker:  Jeremiah Mcdonald

Objectives:

  • Provide medical transportation to the nearest appropriate facility

Activities:

  • Ensure that the medical vehicle is insured, road safe and seating capacity is adequate, cleanliness of vehicle

NIHB:

Objective:

  • Provide medical travel assistance to all registered band members (regardless of band affiliation) living on wauzhushk onigum nation to ensure they able to attend to their specialists’ appointments(mri, cancer-care, children’s clinic, heart specialists, ortho, etc) services not available in Kenora, Ontario, (urban centre closest to Wauzhushk Onigum)

Activities:

  • Submission(prior approval) to first nation inuit health(fnih)
  • Upon approval from fnih- process financial requests and arrange for travel, meals and accommodations
  • Request for confirmation of appointment
  • Submit for reimbursement to FNIH for expenses incurred by client based on prior approval.

Client:

  • Should provide notification of appointment which should have the date, location and type of appointment as soon as they receive it to the medical staff
  • Should provide confirmation of appointment upon return from appointment
  • Should provide their full name, address, band affiliation and number, date of birth, escort name if required
  • Approval for travel arrangements and rates are at the discretion of FNIH and is out of control of Wauzhushk Onigum health
PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER:

Worker: Hilary Skead

Objective:

  • To provide personal support services to home care clients under the supervision and direction of the clinical nurse

Activities:

  • To care for our elderly, ill who require help with daily living.
  • Ensure clients are comfortable, safe and enjoy physical and mental well-being
HOME SUPPORT/HOME & COMMUNITY CARE WORKERS

Workers:  Myron Skead & Dennis Halverson

Objective:

  • To provide services to home care clients, elderly and people who may require short term assistance in maintaing their homes

Activities:

  • Firewood, garbage disposal, water delivery, maintenance of decks and walkways(snow removal, lawn beautification)
HEALTH DIRECTOR

Linda copenace Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Health Director Job Description:

  • Responsible for developing plans for community-based health programs aimed at the prevention of disease and promotion and awareness of health programs manages specific community health programs from planning and design through implementation and ensuring they are within their budgets.
  • Find alternate funding sources either to enhance or start a program which would be viable to the health and safety of the community.
  • Under the direction of the health port-folio holder, and in accordance with the policies adopted by the Wazhushk Onigum first nation, coordinates and controls the activities of the health programs provided to the Wauzhushk Onigum first nation members.

Duties:

  • Plans, organizes, directs the delivery of services offered by health professionals. (WNHAC, KCA & AKRC) BF, NAADAP AND CHR, ADI, BHC, HOME SUPPORT, HB/HC, ABORIGINAL HEALING AND WELLNESS, MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION, MCH AND OTHER HEALTH PROGRAMS)
  • Participates in the programming of activities performed by health staff.
Indigenous Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program

The Indigenous Healthy Babies Healthy Children program is open to pregnant woman and families with children 0-6 years of age in the community of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation.

The program is to promote healthy development before birth and throughout the early years up to age 6 in ways that honour and respect Indigenous culture and beliefs.

The program offers the following:

  • Home visits

Supports & education in:

  • Health & safety
  • Pre & postnatal
  • Nutrition
  • Growth & development
  • Parenting
  • Cultural awareness/teachings
  • Family navigation to other services

Promotion of:

  • Healthy Living
  • Healthy relationships

Marion Prince

Indigenous Healthy Babies Healthy Children Worker

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807-548-6340

COMMUNITY WELLNESS

WORKER:  STEVE POWASSIN Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OBJECTIVE:

  • The objectives to identify programs and projects that will contribute to the capacity and infrastructure of the community to address.
  • health issues.
  • Supports reduction or prevention of Family/community violence

ACTIVITIES:

  • REFERRALS AND EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE
  • REFERRALS TO COUNSELLING, LEGAL SERVICES AND OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS
  • CULTURAL BASED ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE FOR OUR HERITAGE ORGANIZE, CO-ORDINATE AND PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY EVENTS PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES

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Phone: 807-548-6340

Personnel

Health Director

LINDA COPENACE

CHR/ADI

DAWN TRELEAVEN

REFERRAL CLERK

RECEPTION

MEDICAL DRIVER

JEREMIAH MCDONALD

NNDAP WORKER

GARY SKEAD

HB/HC

MARION PRINCE

CWW

STEVE POWASSIN

HOME SUPPORT

MYRON SKEAD

HOME SUPPORT

DENNIS HALVERSON

BRIGHTER FUTURES

MINGO SKEAD

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH

M. SKEAD

Contact Us

Wauzhushk Onigum Nation
Golf Course Rd
Kenora, ON P9N 3X8
Phone: 807-548-5663
Fax: 807-548-4877


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