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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

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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Notice to Public: COVID-19

March 17, 2020

MEMORANDUM TO: Notice to the Public

SUBJECT: Update on Noojmowin Teg Health Centre COVID-19 Preparations & Actions

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre is taking the following preparations and actions in response to COVID-19. Be advised, NTHC will remain open for essential health care services as identified below. The following actions are taking place to ensure the safety and productivity of our clients and employees.

  1. Primary and Clinical Care Services o Services provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, diabetes foot care nurse and the Anishinabek health care navigator will continue with limited face-to-face, and when possible via teleconference, phone or zoom. o Dietitian and diabetes services are to continue via phone, teleconference or zoom.
  2. Health and Wellness Programs o All Health and Wellness workshops are cancelled until further notice o Committee meetings can continue via teleconference or zoom, no face-to-face meetings at this time o Aging at Home Van Services (AAHV) to continue as an essential service; client screening continues daily, with services available for medical appointments and local grocery shopping only. o Staff working in non-essential care services are to work on a rotating schedule, in-office and from home, limiting the amount of staff in-office at one time.
  3. Traditional Health Services
    • All workshops are postponed at this time
    • Traditional Healer Visits– appointments can continue via teleconference, zoom or OTN; some specific services to be cancelled – please contact the office for more information
  4. Cultural Support Services (IRS, MMIWG, SADV), all client walk-ins are cancelled at this time for all locations
    • Appointments/workshops can continue via teleconference or zoom only
    • Firekeeper - A sacred fire will be lit, and cedar tea will be available for staff daily in the healing lodge
    • Staff working in non-essential care services are to be on a rotating schedule working in-office and from home, limiting the amount of staff in-office at one time.

5. Mental Health & Addictions Services o Includes community addictions support workers, geriatric social worker, intensive counselling services, sexual assault and domestic violence services, psychological services.

  • All appointments will be provided over the phone, teleconference or zoom at this time, (no face-to-face appointments).
  • All staff in mental health and addictions are to work from home

NTHC staff and providers are also taking the following additional measures:

  • No face-to-face meetings with external groups or partners, meetings can continue via phone or teleconference.
  • Any training to be provided for OTN, Zoom and Teleconference

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre commits to ensuring that our delivery of programs and services continue as uninterrupted as possible, and that our further work and communication with area health partners will remain a priority. If there are any questions, please contact 705-368-2182, and check out our website for updates:

Innovative Noojmowin Teg program tests elementary fitness

Manitoulin Expositor | by Michael Erskine | April 3, 2019


AUNDECK OMNI KANING—The sound of bouncing balls and laughter filled the gymnasium at the Four Directions Complex recently as Noojmowin Teg Health Centre staff could be seen carefully recording data on their clipboards.

“We were doing a series of physical literacy assessments,” explained Nelson Wood, Healthy Living coordinator for Noojmowin Teg. “We invited all of the Manitoulin schools with Grades 4 and 8 First Nations students.”

The goal of the new testing program is to first discover a baseline for physical literacy of the students... Read full article »

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