(Good Health for Our People)

There is no greater priority for the Anishinabek Nation than improving the overall health and wellness of our citizens. The Anishinabek Nation (AN) Health Secretariat staff provides valuable, collective support to its member First Nations through advocacy, health promotion, prevention, education, and health policy leadership.

The Anishinabek Nation Health Secretariat consists of 15 staff members who work at the Head Office in Nipissing First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation Office and Fort William First Nation Office.

The Health Secretariat staff perform a variety of duties that include:

  • Policy Analysis
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education (FASD)
  • HIV/AIDs Education
  • Community Wellness Coordination
  • Healthy Babies Health Children Coordination
  • Gambling Prevention
  • Diabetes Education
  • Administration, reporting, and overseeing programs that provide funding to Anishinabek First Nations

The Federal and Provincial Policy Analysts analyze health issues that address the health needs of the Anishinabek First Nations. They serve as policy advisors and provide strategic direction to the Anishinabek Nation.


(We Will Work Together on Good Health)

The Health Secretariat staff act as administrative support to the Anishinabek Advisory Council on Health, the Anishinabek Chiefs Committee on Health, and the Chiefs of Ontario Chiefs Committee on Health. Their goals and objectives are to:

  • Provide technical and coordination support;
  • Support analytical requirements of the Anishinabek Advisory Council on Health and the Chiefs Committee on Health as determined by the Health Director;
  • Perform duties assigned to the Health Secretariat;
  • Deliver predetermined services as mandated periodically;
  • Improve the mental, spiritual, emotional, physical and environmental well-being of the membership in consultation with First Nations;
  • Promote improvement in health care services available to the people of the Anishinabek Nation territory;
  • Promote self-government in health within the Anishinabek Nation territory;
  • Ensure respect and dignity is upheld through the provision of culturally sensitive health service delivery and personnel; and
  • Provide a forum to discuss, review, collaborate and share advice to the Anishinabek Nation Councils and leadership.