Indigenous Peoples' Health and Wellness

The HNHB LHIN works with Indigenous communities for improved health and wellness. The LHIN has a responsibility to learn about and respect Indigenous communities’ approach to health and wellness. Respect for and inclusion of Indigenous traditional practices with non-traditional health services is essential for health solutions aligned with cultural identity, wholistic health and community values.

By listening and learning from local communities, the HNHB LHIN maintains a strong focus on the holistic health needs of Indigenous Peoples and how these needs can be harmonized with mainstream programs and services. Foundational to this focus is the strengthening of local relationships and partnerships that will contribute towards improving the health outcomes for present and future generations. Strategies to support this include:

  1. Knowledge Building through Education – support education and training opportunities that engender acceptance, trust and respect for Indigenous cultures.
  2. System Navigation – improve the experience of Indigenous patients and families navigating the mainstream health care system.
  3. Respectful Partnerships – help to facilitate strategic partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous HSPs.      
  4. Engaging Communities – continue to explore new opportunities for meaningful engagement with Indigenous community members.  

The HNHB LHIN currently supports Indigenous health programs and services through funding to four Indigenous health service providers: De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (DAHC), Native Horizons Treatment Centre (NHTC), and two First Nation communities – Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Cumulatively, the LHIN supports these health service providers to deliver community-driven and culturally-based programs and services including mental health and addictions, case management, crisis intervention, palliative care, patient navigation and advocacy, Traditional medicine, in-home services and supports, caregiver supports, and long-term care.

Indigenous Health Engagement and Inclusion

To support community-led approaches to wellness, the HNHB LHIN continues to build trusting relationships and respectful partnerships with Indigenous communities as a foundation for improving access and equity in health care programs and services. First Nations communities and Indigenous health and social service providers work with the LHIN to advise, plan, deliver and continuously improve health care programs and services.

The HNHB LHIN engages Indigenous partners through regular Indigenous Health Network meetings, community gatherings, local planning meetings and regional steering committees.  Exploring new opportunities for meaningful and respectful engagement remains a key priority as the LHIN aims to improve health outcomes for present and future generations.

To learn more about how the LHIN engages and includes Indigenous Peoples in health care planning, read the LHIN’s most recent Annual Business Plan and Annual Report.


Indigenous Health and Wellness Further Resources

HNHB LHIN Indigenous Health Network

The HNHB LHIN Indigenous Health Network is made up of Indigenous health and social service providers across Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Six Nations of the Grand River, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Together with the LHIN, the Indigenous Health Network seeks to address the health needs and issues of local Indigenous communities.

The IHN’s strategic priorities aim to address the health needs of local communities and the health-specific recommendations identified in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) Final Report and Calls to Action. To learn more about the Indigenous Health Network and its engagement activities, click here.

Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

Health service providers throughout the LHIN are invited to access San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course as a foundational step towards increasing knowledge and self-awareness, strengthening cultural safety within the healthcare system and addressing systemic barriers and biases that continue to affect service accessibility and health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples. Click here to learn more.

Provincial Indigenous LHIN Network

The Provincial Indigenous LHIN Network (PILN) is comprised of each of the LHINs dedicated staff leads responsible for Indigenous engagement and planning. The PILN facilitates cross-LHIN collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing. For more information, click here.

Aboriginal Patient Navigator Programs

The Aboriginal Patient Navigator (APN), roles are intended to work with Indigenous and mainstream health and social service organizations, home and community care and hospitals across the LHIN to support Indigenous clients, caregivers and their families as they navigate the health care system. For a complete list of Aboriginal Patient Navigator programs, click here.


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