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?

De dwa da dehs nye>s is currently accepting new patients at our Hamilton site. If you would like to become a patient, please visit reception at either of sites to fill out an intake form. New patients must be of Aboriginal descent, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit.

Services Overview

Our Centre provides a number of programs and services under the provision of the following Departments:

  • Primary Health Care (Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals);
  • Health Promotion Programs;
  • Advocacy and Outreach Services;
  • Mental Health and Addictions Services;
  • 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.

Primary Health Care

The Primary Health Care team at the Centre consists of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, foot care nurses, dietitians, social workers, and other healthcare professionals. Working together, this primary care health care team provides our community with 1 on 1 appointments and group education classes.

Health Promotions & Education Services

The Health Promotions Department promotes the distribution of health promotion education to the community and seeks to collaborate with outside community agencies to enhance existing services. The program also increases public knowledge and awareness of Health Promotion team activities.

Mental Health and Addictions Services

Culturally Appropriate Mental Health and Addictions services that promote empowerment of Aboriginal people in determining their own mental health care needs.

Traditional Healing

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.


Our Health Counts

De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Hamilton Executive Directors’ Coalition and the Our Health Counts Governing Council are pleased to provide our community with the results of our Our Health Counts 2011 research report. www.ourhealthcounts.ca