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Master's student completes placement at Nodin


Staff at Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services (Nodin CFI) held a small celebration last week for Master’s student Maxine Poulin.

Maxine is a Master’s of Social Work student at Dalhousie University and was doing her placement with Nodin CFI, a department of Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. She started her placement in early September and finished on November 27.

She is the first Master’s student to be supervised by a staff person within the organization, Walter Lyon. Walter had also completed his Master’s placement at Nodin, but was supervised by a person outside the organization.

Maxine’s convocation will be in April 2015 and SLFNHA wishes her the best for her future.

Media Release- SLFNHA Launches New Website

Sioux Lookout, ON: November 13, 2014 

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) is excited to announce the launch of their newly designed website, still located at

The new site offers easier navigation and is mobile friendly to ensure users can access & navigate the site on their smartphone, tablet or laptop.

“As with our previous website, our Careers section will feature the latest job opportunities for applicants,” says James Morris, Executive Director at SLFNHA.  “The News and Events page is also redesigned to ensure front-page access and let our audience know of the latest and upcoming events here at SLFNHA.”

The new website also features a web-based comment form, to make it even easier for clients, patients and the general public to contact us regarding any of our services. 

Additionally, each of the SLFNHA departments has extensive information on their services. This includes, but is not limited to, the Client Services department and services provided at the Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik hostel in Sioux Lookout, as well as the Nodin CFI department and mental health counselling provided in the First Nation communities SLFNHA serves.

 “As a health authority, we anticipate this website will be a hub of resources for our region,” says Morris. “Whether people are looking for information on mental health, tuberculosis or developmental services, we want our site to provide accurate information that will lead to better health outcomes for the people we serve.”

In addition to checking out the new website, SLFNHA welcomes everyone to visit their facebook page ( to stay connected to the health authority’s news and career opportunities. The new website officially launches on Thursday, November 13.

For more information, please contact: Irene Dube, Communications Officer, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. (807) 737-6115 ~ irene.dube(at)

First Nations Public Health Model Taking Shape


A First Nations specific Public Health Model is beginning to take form as an initial draft continues to be revised.  In August, SLFNHA staff met with First Nations representatives of the Public Health Working group to get their input into a public health model.

At the meeting, all of the feedback from community visits was used to develop the vision, values, goals, and various roles of a draft model. This model sought to use language that First Nations in the area could identify with (see diagram above).

This draft was presented to Sioux Lookout area Chiefs at the SLFNHA annual general meeting on September 9-11. Response from the Chiefs was positive and that the model is on the right track.

The Public Health Working Group was also pleased with the results of the draft model.

The next phase of development includes:

  • Developing a human resources plan to accompany the model.
  • Meeting with the Public Health Working Group to plan for the transition period after HSIF funding ends.
  • Developing an implementation plan to turn the model into reality.

For more information about the project, please visit our Public Health page.


Public Health Project Makes Community Visits


A number of common themes were evident after four community visits by members of the SLFNHA Public Health Project.

The visits were part of the ongoing process to develop a Public Health Framework for First Nations in the Sioux Lookout area. As members of the public health project visited the communities, health workers from each community shared their perspectives and thoughts on what the framework could look like.

While views varied between each community, some commonalities were shared. Workers said that a public health framework should be wholistic in nature, be tailored to community health needs, and be mindful of the culture, traditions and practices of each community.

There was also strong support for integrating land -based practices and language into any public health system. Lastly, any approach taken on First Nations must be collaborative and inclusive.

One more community visit is planned for the Public Health Project in mid-July.

Communities visited:

  • Sandy Lake
  • Muskrat Dam
  • Nibinamik
  • Lac Seul

For more information about the project, please visit our Public Health page.