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Sister Health Organizations administer over 500 Pfizer-BioTech vaccines across the district of Mnidoo Mnising.

March 12, 2021

It has been a busy week for the staff of Mnaamodzawin Health Services and Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, as the two sister organizations hosted several COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the district of Mnidoo Mnising. Working with each of the below community health centers, 503 Pfizer-BioTech vaccines were administered to Indigenous (First Nation, Metis and Inuit) populations as well as to frontline healthcare workers in our service area.

Clinics took place March 8th – 11th in Whitefish River First Nation, Aundeck Omni Kaning, Sheguiandah First Nation and Sheshegwaning First Nation. “It was a team approach with excellent partnership with Mnaamodzawain Health Services” said Noojmowin Teg Primary Care Manager, Kim Warren. “Tremendous efforts were made by the nurses, practitioners, staff volunteers, and all community partners who were on-site each day to ensure a smooth process”.

Coordination with local Paramedics is required on-site in case of emergencies as well as communication with Public Health Sudbury & Districts is required to successfully be able to receive and administer the vaccines. “Public Health transports the vaccines every morning from Sudbury to each of our clinics here on the island,” says Warren.

In addition, Anishinabek cultural support services were offered by Noojmowin Teg Traditional Healer Support Thecla Neganegijig. “At each location, members of Mnaamodzawin Health Services staff smudged the interior of the buildings, which was so important and helped to set us up for a good day with positive energy”, said the Primary Care Manager.

For some recipients entering the clinics, emotions were high as many felt gratitude to be provided the opportunity to receive the vaccine.

Healthcare providers were in high spirits throughout the week, “There was laughter and even some dancing that took place amongst the healthcare providers, everyone was excited about what we were doing”, Warren commented.

On Thursday, during the clinic in Sheshegwaning the group was met with a wind storm and power outage that required quick action to ensure the vaccines did not go to waste. “That was a challenge, but the nurses worked quickly and effectively to ensure the vaccines were safely mixed and into the arms of recipients. It was a monumental day, as we acknowledged the pandemic in Canada was announced 1 year ago”, said Kim Warren.

The next steps include additional clinics for these two organizations over the coming weeks including recipients receiving the 2nd dose of the Pfizer BioTech vaccine, the dates which has yet to be confirmed. "We are extremely grateful to have been approached by Mnaamodzawin Health Services and asked to be a partner with them in the vaccine roll-out, chi-miigwetch to the organization for including us in this opportunity", concludes Warren.

Anishinaabek Dementia Care Website Launch

July 29, 2020


Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, in collaboration with Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI), and N’Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre are pleased to launch a new website dedicated to building sustainable community-owned and directed strategies that support healthy aging and dementia care in Indigenous communities, with a focus on cultural safety and trauma-informed care.

This project will support Indigenous communities in their understanding of dementia and the risk for dementia due to multiple chronic conditions (more than 2 chronic conditions). Improved understanding of the impact of dementia on persons, families, and communities will lead to better support from health care providers and for persons and families living with dementia. The intent is increased opportunity in Indigenous communities to work with the Aging at Home programs and other service providers to discover and create supports, build collaborative relationships, and learn from each other.

This project is funded by a Knowledge Mobilization Grant from the Province of Ontario. The funding allows for Indigenous ways of knowing to be used to help the community imagine and create evidence-informed, relevant, and meaningful health care services for persons living with or at risk of developing dementia. This grant puts resources, money, people, and processes into the communities.

You can view the website at

For more information, or to arrange a media interview, contact Michael-Ann MacLean, Research Projects Coordinator at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre…(705) 368-1211 ext.290 or at

Notice to Public: Reopening

July 16, 2020


At Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, our collective health and wellbeing is important. In partnership with Mnaamadzawin Health Services, we are slowly reintroducing in-person appointments for our clients at our main location in Aundeck Omni Kaning; this will be done on a case by base assessment.  While we are still encouraging virtual appointments, if an in-person appointment is needed, expect the following:
  • Covid-19 screening questions the day of your appointment;
  • Wait in your vehicle/outside the doors of Noojmowin Teg until a staff member signals you to come in;
  • Required to wear a face-covering for your in-person appointment unless you meet a strict medical exemption;
Small group activities are also being assessed and planned by Noojmowin Teg staff.  Each event is carefully assessed and planned to ensure that participants and staff are maintaining and adhering to good public practices such as frequent hand washing, cleaning of high touch surfaces, physical distancing, and wearing a face-covering when needed.  

As we follow guidelines and direction of Public Health Sudbury & Districts, please know that this plan may change depending on Covid-19 cases on Manitoulin Island and as we begin to understand more about this virus, its transmission and best practices to ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at (705) 368-2182 or by email at ;

Clients and Community

March 20, 2020

Dear Clients and Community,

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre provides culturally relevant services and is committed to support and promote the overall wholistic health and well-being of Anishinabek individuals, families and communities within the District of Manitoulin and area. We continue to take ongoing preparations and affirmative action in response to COVID-19 and want to thank our clients and partners for your patience as we make changes to the delivery of services. The following services are available and provided by Noojmowin Teg Health Centre to the First Nation and Indigenous community.

Primary and clinical care essential services are available in person as deemed necessary, or by phone and video conferencing. This includes access to nurse practitioners, physicians, RPNS, and diabetes footcare.

Aging at Home Transportation Service will continue to operate as an essential service to clients aged 55+ years and over for medical appointments and local grocery shopping trips only. The below healthcare services are available by phone and/or video conferencing:

• Dietitians, diabetes team, health care navigation and geriatric social worker services

• Mental health and addictions counselling services for the District of Manitoulin and Espanola and the surrounding area

• Traditional healer services and cultural support services for the District of Manitoulin and Espanola and the surrounding area

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre would like to remind everyone of the importance of social distancing. Please stay at home, limit the of use public transport, avoid visitors to your home, only run errands which are deemed necessary such as grocery and medical.

If you are a community member or Anishinabek elder looking for support at this time and would like a social call/check-in, please email or call (705) 368-2182.

If you are having a crisis or feeling overwhelmed, please call the 24-hour Crisis Line (705) 674-4760.

If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, please contact your primary health care provider, do not go into emergency. A COVID-19 self-assessment is available at: If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.

We are committed to keeping you informed with the latest updates from trusted, health sources regarding the virus, offering helpful advice on protecting yourself and your loved ones, and ways to assist you in making things much easier during this unusually confusing time.

Visit our website for an update list of resources and information related to COVID-19:

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre recognizes the work of all our health care providers and front-line workers at this very stressful time. Each day, we light a sacred fire and send our prayers for our medical community, providers and community members.

In solidarity and with respect,

Pam Williamson
Executive Director
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre


COVID-19 Resources

July 21, 2020

Protect yourself from COVID-19.

All residents who are planning to travel should be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating at different levels around the province. The safest options are to stay in the area of your home community or to stay in the region. If you think you have travelled somewhere (within or outside of Ontario) where you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or should you develop symptoms, please immediately self-isolate and contact the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Manitoulin Health Centre (705) 368-2300 for Little Current, or (705) 377-5311 for Mindemoya. 

When you go out, make sure to follow public health guidance—wash your hands, cover your cough or sneeze with your arm or a tissue, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, follow all the steps of physical distancing, wear your face covering, and stay home when ill.

If you are having difficulty breathing or are experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911.

If you have a COVID-19 symptom, get tested. People who are asymptomatic, who are concerned that they have been exposed to COVID-19 or those who are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their employment are also encouraged to contact an assessment centre and get tested.

Click on the following subject to learn more information:

1. The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Ontario Government Lates Updates

2. Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) - Canadian Government latest updates

3. Debunking misinformation about COVID-19 - CBC News

4. How to 'Social Distance' at grocery stores - CBC News

5. Ontario COVID-19 Updates -

6. Should I disinfect my fruits and vegetables - Public Health Agency of Canada

7. Indigenous Services Canada - Updates

8. Talk to you children about COVID-19 - Public Health Agency of Canada

9. HydroOne Relief Fund - March 18, 2020

10. Working from Home Tips -

11. How to apply for EI and COVID-19 emergency benefits - CBC News

12. Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health - March 16, 2020

13. What do I do if I feel sick? - Public Health Agency of Canada

13. Tips for managing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic - The Globe and Mail, March 16, 2020

14. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses - March 18, 2020

15. Having friends over for coffee is not social distancing: Toronto's top doctor - March 18, 2020

16. Porter Airlines, Air Transat and Air Canada temporarily suspending flights over coronavirus - March 18, 2020

17. Status of cases in the Sudbury & Manitoulin districts - Current: Updated Daily at 10:00am

18. CERB - April 6, 2020


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Noojmowin Teg Health Centre – Main Office

48 Hillside Rd., Highway 540, Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

Postal Bag 2002, Little Current, ON P0P 1K0

Phone: (705) 368-2182 | Fax: (705) 368-2229 |

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre - Satellite Offices

4 Directions Community Complex (Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation) – (705) 368-0229

Centre Espanola – (705) 869-1564

Espanola & Area Family Health Team – (705)862-7991