Our Centre’s MISSION:
To improve the wellness of Aboriginal individuals and of the Aboriginal community by providing services which respect people as individuals with a distinctive cultural identity and distinctive values and beliefs.
“De dwa da dehs nye>s” embodies the concept of “we’re taking care of each other amongst ourselves.”
Do you need a Doctor?
Due to overwhelming demand, De dwa da dehs nye>s is not currently accepting new patients. Dependent on supply and demand, this status is reviewed monthly, and does change from time to time. Should you desire to become a patient, please visit reception at either of site to complete an intake form. New patients must be of Aboriginal descent, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.
Our Centre provides a number of programs and services under the provision of the following Departments:
- Advocacy and Outreach Services;
- Health Promotion Programs;
- Mental Health and Addictions Services;
- Primary Health Care (Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other allied health care professionals);
- Traditional Healing.
AHC Accessible Customer Service Policy
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the AODA) is a provincial act with the purpose of developing, implementing and enforcing accessibility standards in order to achieve accessibility for persons with disabilities with respect to goods, services, facilities, accommodation, employment, buildings, structures and premises. Please read more here.
Advocacy and Outreach Services
The goal of our Centre’s advocacy program is to help members of our community ensure that they have access to culturally appropriate health-care services and programs, and to promote the empowerment of Aboriginal people in determining their own health care needs.
Health Promotions & Education Services
The Health Promotions Department provides health education to the community and seeks to collaborate with outside community agencies to enhance existing services. The program increases public knowledge and awareness of De dwa da dehs nye>s’ culturally appropriate organizational Health Promotion activities.
Primary Health Care
The Primary Health Care team at De dwa da dehs nye>s consists of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and other allied healthcare professionals. Working together in a culturally appropriate manner, the primary care health care team provides our community with 1 on 1 appointments and group education classes.
Mental Health and Addictions Services
Culturally Appropriate Mental Health and Addictions services that support the empowerment and self-determination of Aboriginal People.
De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre values research that we own, and which helps to establish the data we need to best support the Indigenous community.
To that end, we have been and continue to be involved in very select research projects such as the benefits of the 13 Moon Ceremonies, Muskuloskeletal Health Needs, Cardiovascular Health Literacy, and Health and Social realities of our Indigenous Peoples.
An example of the excellent Indigenous research that we have completed, is the “Our Health Counts study”, available at: www.ourhealthcounts.ca .
The aim of Traditional Healing is to create awareness of the blocks we carry which prevent us from experiencing our true nature, which is love. By acknowledging that these blocks are ever present in us, we can begin to heal them by providing tools which help to heal the mind & spirit.