AboutSioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) serves 33 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout region in Ontario, Canada. Mandated by the leadership in these communities, our organization is dedicated to strengthening First Nations by contributing in unique ways to a strong health system for the Anishinabe.
This health system has many parts: First Nations with their primary responsibility for their people’s health; the secondary responsibilities of the Tribal Councils; the on-going Treaty responsibilities of the Government of Canada; and the support of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and other health organizations.
Strategic PlanningSioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority is excited to announce is 2015-2017 Strategic Plan. We remain committed to providing services, advocacy and leadership in the health of Anishinabe people across the Sioux Lookout region. This Strategic Plan includes a Vision, Mission Statement and a Values statement which reflect our goals for the next three years.
CommunitiesWe serve 31 First Nations in the area, providing a variety of health services such as primary health care, counselling, accommodations, transportation, and more. This health system has many parts such as First Nations with their primary responsibility for their people's health and the on-going Treaty responsibilities of the Government of Canada.
Board of DirectorsThe Board of Directors governs the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority. There are nine board members, comprised of representatives from Tribal Councils and independent communities in the Sioux Lookout area, as well as two Elders. There is also a non-voting board member, Dr. Terri Farrell, who acts as a medical representative. The current chairperson is John Cutfeet from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug.
Chiefs Committee on HealthIn 2006, the Sioux Lookout Zone Chiefs expanded the mandate of the CCOH (Resolution 06/08) for the committee to provide oversight on activities carried out by SLFNHA as per the Anishinabe Health Plan implementation including the construction of the new hostel.
Anishinabe Health PlanThe Anishinabe Health Plan (AHP) was developed by SLFNHA, the 31 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout area, Tribal Councils, physicians, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) and Health Canada.
Created in 2006, the AHP identifies a model of holistic, integrated primary health care service delivery for the region.
PartnersWe are only able to do what we do because of our relationships with many key partners.
Resolutions & ReportsEvery year, SLFNHA puts out an Annual Report at their Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting welcomes the 31 First Nations leadership for a two to three day gathering where SLFNHA reports on the year’s activities and accomplishments. This AGM is also an integral forum for accepting Resolutions and ensuring that SLFNHA’s Board of Directors hears suggestions for the coming year(s).
SLFNHA Health and SafetySioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) recognizes that it is a joint responsibility of both the Organization and the employees to make certain that a safe and healthy working environment exists for the employees.
Nodin CFI ServicesNodin Child and Family Intervention Services operates under Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) to provide mental health services to the First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout region.
Nodin has an ongoing development of partnerships with many service providers to expand the range of services for our clients.
Crisis DepartmentNodin's Crisis Department is based out of Sioux Lookout and is there to respond to communities affected by tragic incidents in the First Nation communities.
Mental Health and Addiction WorkersChildren's Mental Health and Addictions Workers are based in 13 communities in our region. These workers provide clinical assessments, planning, treatment and counselling to children and their families.
Mental Health CounsellingNodin CFI provides mental health counselling to 29 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout area. To book an appointment with a counsellor, please speak to your doctor or nurse at your local nursing station. Referral forms for mental health counselling can be filled out by either a physician or yourself.
On-Call, After-Hours Response ServicesNodin CFI's offices are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, there are after-hour, on-call response services available.
To contact Nodin CFI after-hours, you can call our office number at (807) 737-4011 or 1-800-446-7863. Our voicemail system will prompt you to help you access our on-call, after-hours workers.
Specialty ClinicsNodin has several speciality clinics in place: Art Therapy, Special Needs Case Management, Psychology and Psychiatry. These specialized services provide assessments, ongoing support and consultation services to Nodin CFI clients and employees.
Special ProjectsNodin CFI often has special projects underway, most often based on short-term funding and proposals. We’ve listed some of the most recent and ongoing special projects. For specific information on any of these, please call our Director of Treatment Services, Kevin Berube, at (807) 737-4011.
Traditional HealingThe Traditional Healer is based out of Sioux Lookout and provides holistic Aboriginal activities. Our cultural services team provides a variety of services including: sweat lodge ceremonies, name giving ceremonies, sharing circles, memorial feasts, residential school survivor support, smudging ceremonies, educational sessions on medicinal plants, abuse/victim support and grief/loss support.
Client ServicesThe Client Services Department provides non-medical health care services for First Nation clients travelling to Sioux Lookout and other urban centres for medical appointments. Client Services offers accommodations at our medical hostel (Jeremiah McKay Kabayshewekamik), ground transportation, and client advocacy and support.
HostelThe Sioux Lookout area Chiefs and SLFNHA have been seeking a new hostel facility since 1997. After the Client Services Department was established in 1995, SLFNHA was operating the hostel in Sioux Lookout in a 39-bed facility on 7th Avenue. In June 2006, Client Services suffered a major setback when the hostel was found to be contaminated with mould and was closed for health concerns. Since then, a new facility was sought after. During that time, clients were allowed to choose to stay at the hostel or at local hotels. Several years of planning finally saw construction begin in 2008.
Client Advocacy & SupportClient care is a top priority here at the Hostel. We employ two individuals dedicated to our client’s needs, both at the hospital next door and any issues arising with services provided by our staff at the hostel. During your stay at the hostel, if you wish to talk to either our Client Representative or our Guest Services Representative, please ask a staff member at reception.
Ground TransportationThe transportation program is located at the main reception area at the Hostel. Transportation provides rides for clients to medical appointments and trips to the pharmacy for prescription pickups. Our fleet of minivans also picks up and drops off clients at the Sioux Lookout airport.
Health ServicesThe Health Services Department at SLFNHA oversees several programs such as the Primary Health Care Unit, FNIHIS,Public Health Project, Regional Wellness Response Program, Tuberculosis Control Program, Developmental Services and Telemedicine.
Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Research ProgramWorking in Sioux Lookout and the surrounding First Nations, the Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program initiates and collaborates on relevant clinical and community projects, as well as regional and cross-cultural research.
Baby Teeth Talk StudyAre you pregnant and a First Nations woman in one of the Sioux Lookout zone communities? If so, please contact us to find out about this study and to see if you live in one of the 14 eligible communities. We want to talk to pregnant women about their teeth and the teeth of their children!
Community Health Worker (CHW) Diabetes ProjectIn 2014, the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA) and Dignitas International (DI) launched a collaboration to strengthen community-based care for Type 2 diabetes in First Nations communities in the Sioux Lookout Area (SLA).
Funded by a three-year Province of Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) grant, the goal is to develop, pilot (test) and evaluate a program to train and support community health workers (CHWs) to deliver improved Type 2 diabetes prevention, management and care services. This project is based on international best practices and integrates First Nations concepts of health and wellness. The project has just completed year two (2015-2016), and is heading into year three, the implementation phase (2016-2017). Aspects include global case studies of successful CHW programs and an environmental scan of diabetes care in the Sioux Lookout Area.
This study has been approved by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Research Review and Ethics Committee.
First Nations and Inuit Health Information SystemThe FNIHIS was developed to provide health care providers with a centralized database for patient information allowing them to offer the best care possible. It is secure, automated and currently is available in 24 Sioux Lookout Zone communities. Reports are available to communities on request.
Prescription Drug AbuseSioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority is aware of the epidemic of prescription drug abuse across our region. Prescription drug abuse (PDA) affects all 31 of our communities in the Sioux Lookout zone and it's tearing families apart and ruining lives.
Preventing Sexually Transmitted & Blood Borne IllnessesIn 2011, a Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infection (STBBI) Working Group was established in the Sioux Lookout zone, in response to the increase of opiate drug abuse and detection of Hepatitis C. In September 2011, the Chief in the area passed a resolution directing Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority (SLFNHA), a leading participant in the STBBI Working Group, to lead the implementation of an HIV/Hepatitis C prevention strategy for all First Nation communities in the region.
Primary Health Care UnitThe Primary Health Care Unit, which includes the Northern Appointment Clinic, falls under the Health Services Department. In addition, physician services in the Sioux Lookout area are now flowed through the Sioux Lookout Regional Physicians Services Inc. (SLRPSI). SLFNHA provides management support for SLRPSI. There are approximately 28 physicians serving the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the 31 First Nations communities in our region.
Telemedicine ProgramThe Telemedicine Program, offered through Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, can be utilized within the organization to provide clinical, education and administrative conferences. Over the past eight years, there has been a dramatic increase in providing health related services to northern communities as well as urban centres.
Tuberculosis Control ProgramThe Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program was established in the early 1990's by Medical Services Branch of Health Canada due to the high prevalence of tuberculosis in Sioux Lookout Zone First Nation communities. It was then transferred to the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority on April 1, 1997.