Bridging the gap between indigenous peoples, health services and supports.
The APN program provides services to First Nations, Metis and Inuit individuals and families in the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk and Brant region.

Services Include:

  • Culturally appropriate resources for health care providers & individuals from hospital and to home
  • Linkages and liaison between the health care system & community services/support (e.g. acute care, residential treatment, mental health, addictions etc.)
  • Assistance on a patient’s journey to health and healing through traditional healing, traditional practitioners, medicines and cultural practices as well as assistance with western models of care that can be foreign and complex
  • Collaboration with service providers about the needs of aboriginal people based on a number of factors including intergenerational trauma and the legacies of colonization
  • Service care navigation across the health care system
  • Identifying and addressing challenges and barriers to health care needs
  • Assistance and collaboration with discharge plans
  • Referrals and linkages to community services
  • Connection to traditional healing programs and services
  • Enabling open lines of communication between individuals and health care providers
  • Supporting individuals and family members to understand and participate in their plan of care

Offices of Aboriginal Patient Navigators

The Patient Navigators are staff of De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre who are housed at partnering organizations in order to best service the needs of the community.

Hamilton Region: Hamilton DAHC Offices – 905-379-4320
Brantford/Halidmand: Brantford Sattelite Office – 519-750-4323
Niagara Region: Quest Community Health Center – 905-358-4320