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Noojmowin Teg Health Centre hosts first Indigenous People’s Day celebration in Espanola

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre hosts first Indigenous People’s Day celebration in Espanola
Author of the article: KELLY CUNNINGHAM
Published Jun 29, 2023

MidNorth Monitor

In partnership with the Ojibwa Cultural Foundation and the Town of Espanola, a celebration in honour of Indigenous People’s Day was held outside of the Recreation Complex on June 21. The longest day of the year, signaling the beginning of summer, has historically held significance to Indigenous and Non-indigenous peoples. For generations, various Indigenous communities have held celebrations on the Summer Solstice in appreciation of their culture and heritage. Proclaimed National Aboriginal Day in 1996 after a decade of statements in support of the creation of such a day beginning in 1982, it was renamed in 2017 as National Indigenous People’s Day.

Everyone was invited to join and share in the rich culture and traditional knowledge of local Indigenous peoples. Demonstrations of traditional dances as well as their meaning and significance were held, with examples of wonderful beading and craftsmanship on display. Continue to full-article here



Noojmowin Teg Health Centre Achieves CCA Accreditation

Monday, January 9, 2023

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre Achieves CCA Accreditation

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre is pleased to announce they have been awarded a four year accreditation by the Canadian Centre of Accreditation (CCA). The hard work, professionalism and dedication of the staff and Board of Directors are clearly reflected in this significant achievement.

Accreditation is a process that provides assurance from a respected third-party that the accredited organization meets commonly accepted standards for good governance, management and excellence in service provision. For Noojmowin Teg, it is one way that we demonstrate to our clients and funders that we are operating responsibly and providing responsive and quality services.

“We wish to acknowledge and commend all Noojmowin Teg staff and board for your time and effort in preparing for the CCA Accreditation,” says Noojmowin Teg Board Chair Ogimaa Kwe Linda Debassige. “To be accredited means we have undergone an extensive internal and external review process that measures our practices against sector and industry standards, and ensuring the continued high quality of wholistic care is being provided to our community members.”

“One of the key benefits of participating in CCA’s accreditation program is that it promotes an ongoing culture of learning and quality improvement throughout the organization,” said Barbara Wiktoroicz, Executive Director at the Canadian Centre for Accreditation. “By choosing to go through the CCA accreditation process, Noojmowin Teg Health Centre is demonstrating its accountability to the communities it serves, and its commitment to providing the highest quality of programs and services”.

“We are particularly proud to hear that the CCA noted the integration of traditional healing is a strength of Noojmowin Teg, and a key factor in the provision of wholistic and culturally responsive care for our community members, added Ogimaa Kwe. “The Board of Directors wish to express our gratitude for the hard work, dedication and commitment that the team clearly demonstrates, not just during accreditation, but each day within your respective roles within Noojmowin Teg.”

For more information, contact:
Danielle Wilson
Executive Director
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
Tel: (705) 368-0083 | Email:


About Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre (NTHC) serves primarily the Indigenous population living on and off-reserve in the District of Manitoulin Island and Espanola. Wholistic health care services are available for individuals seeking services in Primary & Clinical Care, Mental Health & Addictions, Health & Wellness that integrate Anishinabek Traditional Health practices. The following services are accessible to any individual living in the District of Manitoulin Island; Mobile Wellness, Addictions Support Services, Sexual & Domestic Violence Services (SDVS), and Aging at Home Transportation. For more information, visit or call (705) 368-0083

Success stories celebrated at Manitoulin addictions recovery breakfast

by Manitoulin Expositor, October 5, 2022

AUNDECK OMNI KANING—Manitoulin service providers hosted a recovery celebration breakfast on September 21 to raise awareness about addiction and recovery issues in the community. The breakfast is a chance to celebrate people’s recovery and for others to hear some success stories, said Rob Wabegijig, event co-organizer and addictions support worker with Noojmowin-Teg Health Centre.
It was the 10th annual breakfast and followed a two-year break imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s for people who have addictions and are in recovery, to listen to other people talk about their recovery,” said Joan Hoekstra, an addictions services case worker with M’Chigeeng First Nation. “It’s to get together and share that they’re not alone. It’s a celebration that they’ve stayed on a pathway that’s healthier for them.”

“We want to try and decrease stigma around recovery and addictions and to show people that there is support from the whole community and from all these different agencies,” said Allison Dodge, a mental health and addiction worker with Noojmowin Teg Health Services.

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Indian Residential School at T’Kemlups te Secwepemc

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre (NTHC) mourns with the Secwepemc Nation with the announcement of having located the unmarked graves of 215 children of the residential school on their territory. It is heartbreaking to receive this information and we collectively grieve for all children that did not return home from residential schools. This tragic discovery reaffirms the voices and grievances of our Elders and survivors about the realities of residential schools.

The NTHC Board of Directors call upon on all levels of governments to join us in implementation of the 94 recommendations of Truth and Reconciliation (TRC). This report represents the summary findings of interviews with survivors of residential schools and asks for all persons to be part of the path forward towards reconciliation. The healing journey starts by acknowledging the real history of all residential schools and impacts it has had upon past and present generations of Indigenous peoples.

While we still wait for implementation of Truth and Reconciliation report, our allies can help by:

  • Learning about the Residential Schools in Canada;
  • Read the TRC report;
  • Advocate for movement to your local elected officials;
  • Stand up to stereotypes, systemic racism and discrimination;
  • Be a voice of change with your family and friends;
  • Support Indigenous-led organizations

The Indigenous peoples today are survivors of attempted genocide; we are still healing from the trauma of this deliberate measures to eradicate us. Indigenous peoples are survivors, we are resilient and our strength comes from our families, communities and culture. While the discovery of 215 children is a painful reality for many Indigenous peoples, we are strong nations across Turtle Island and the Creator will continue to guide our healing journeys.

Grieve with us, be angry with us, but please join us in being allies in our healing journeys forward,

In solidarity,

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Chief Linda Debassige,
NTHC Board Chair


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) 368-0083 | Confidential Fax: 866-232-6160 |

Noojmowin Teg Health Centre - Satellite Offices

Centre Espanola – (705) 869-1564

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