HEALTH SECRETARIAT OVERVIEW
ABORIGINAL HEALING AND WELLNESS STRATEGY (AHWS)
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 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.
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,
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.