Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy

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The Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is a policy and service initiative that brings together Aboriginal people and the Government of Ontario in a unique partnership to promote health and healing among Aboriginal people. In 1990, Aboriginal organizations and the government ministries that developed this Strategy expressed a commitment to combat the alarming conditions of poor health and family violence that Aboriginal People in Ontario have endured.

The Union of Ontario Indians is one of the nine Aboriginal partners within Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy. In additional to the participating in the policy work that occurs at the Joint Management Committee level, the Union of Ontario Indians administers programs funded by AHWS.

 

Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Programs

The Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is a policy and service initiative that brings together Aboriginal people and the Government of Ontario in a unique partnership to promote health and healing among Aboriginal people. In 1990, Aboriginal organizations and the government ministries that developed this Strategy expressed a commitment to combat the alarming conditions of poor health and family violence that Aboriginal People in Ontario have endured.

The Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) is one of the nine Aboriginal partners within Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy.  In addition to participating in the policy work that occurs at the Joint Management Committee level, the Union of Ontario Indians administers programs funded by AHWS.  The Union of Ontario Indians respects the autonomy of each First Nation and each program is governed by the First Nation while meeting the program and service requirements as established by AHWS and overseen by the Union of Ontario Indians through the AHWS Community Development Support Worker.  In addition to the programs and services listed below, often there are one-time grant opportunities that arise and the Union of Ontario Indians Health Secretariat strives to ensure that our First Nations have access to and participate in these initiatives.

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

 
Community Wellness Workers

The primary responsibilities of these community-based workers are to develop, provide, facilitate and/or co-ordinate a variety of local programming relating to reducing or preventing family and community violence, including community-based family violence awareness and prevention education campaigns or activities in local settings (e.g., schools) or at local community events (e.g., powwows and health fairs).  In addition, some Community Wellness Workers also facilitate or provide:

  • Local co-ordination of existing crisis or "first response" services, including community patrols, search and rescue, suicide prevention/intervention and disaster response, as well as access to required health, policing and social services; and

  • Referrals to/service co-ordination of counselling, legal and/or treatment services for individuals and families experiencing a crisis or trauma, including liaison with non-Aboriginal services to facilitate case management.

There is one Community Wellness Worker in each First Nation within the Anishinabek Nation.

 

Healing Lodges

These facilities offer Traditional Aboriginal healing and contemporary approaches to treatment of sexual assault, addictions and family dysfunction, etc.  Options include both residential and outpatient programming.

UOI works in partnership with Kii Kee Wan Nii Kaan (Southwest Regional Healing Lodge), which is located on Munsee Delaware Nation in southern Ontario.  More detailed information regarding their services can be found at www.swrhl.ca

 

Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program

The objective of Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children (AHBHC) Program is to improve the long-term health prospects of children aged 0 - 6 years.  The program includes pre-and post-natal screening and assessment, home visiting, service co-ordination and support for service integration.

AHBHC program is voluntary and open to any Aboriginal family that requests the service. Aboriginal families may also access the provincial program via the local public health unit.

Each First Nation within the Anishinabek Nation participates in and/or offers the AHBHC program.  There are projects sites including Dilico Child and Family Services and Mnaamodzawin Health Services.

 

Community Development Support Program

The Union of Ontario Indians Health Secretariat provides assistance to it member Nations and their respective AHWS programs.  The AHWS Community Development Support Worker provides these services.

  • Assist, advise and support UOI communities as required to ensure participation in community health programs administered by the Union of Ontario Indians;

  • Support the implementation and management of UOI administered community health programs to increase and maintain capacity and competence in program governance, program planning, program development, program management and administration, program evaluation and program design;

  • Provide assistance in preparing accurate/complete documentation for annual submissions/work-plans and year-end reports and other tracking activities;

  • Ensure that funding dollars are flowed to appropriate funded projects;

  • Provide community visits to assist funded projects with reporting and meeting reporting requirements; and,

  • Networking.
In addition to providing support for the AHWS funded programs, the Union of Ontario Indians Health Secretariat also provides the same service for other programs administered by the UOI including the Diabetes Education Program funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care and the Aboriginal Responsible Gambling Program funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion.
 


Documents


Agenda and Registration Form for Upcomiong Native
File: Native MentalHealthConference.pdf


Contacts


For additional information about Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy or any information regarding the content of this page, please contact:

Cummings, Crystal
Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Coordinator
Tel:705-657-9383
McCue, Janine
AHWS Community Support Worker
Tel:705-657-9383



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