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 invite present the Public Release of Our Health Counts Urban Aboriginal Health Database Research Project, Community Report, First Nations Adults and Children, City of Hamilton.
This report documents for the first time basic population health measures such as health care access, chronic disease and disability, Aboriginal specific services, and housing of First Nation adults and children living in Hamilton, Ontario. The report’s key findings include 14 policy recommendations to address the identified striking levels of poverty and health disparities among First Nations residents living in Hamilton and we encourage local, regional, provincial, and national stakeholders in Aboriginal health to attend this launch and participate in the dialogue.

Current Research Projects:

Mending Broken Hearts:

The Mending Broken Hearts Project aims to provide Indigenous women with a feeling of confidence in the self-management of their heart health and overall well-being. It does so by educating healthcare providers about the lives of Indigenous women and how they think about health and well-being. The project aims to prevent young Indigenous women from developing heart disease and stroke through the promotion of education and awareness.

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Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing Initiative:

The Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing (ACHH) Initiative aims to bridge the gap in our understanding of Indigenous children’s pain and hurt and improve healthcare experiences, by designing tools for culturally appropriate communication and treatment.

The ACHH’s ultimate goal is to gather and combine traditional and Western knowledge to better understand how Indigenous children’s pain is experienced, expressed, interpreted, assessed and treated.

ACHHI Research Publication Frontiers | Clinical Strategies to Develop Connections, Promote Health and Address Pain From the Perspectives of Indigenous Youth, Elders, and Clinicians | Pain Research (


Our Health Counts: Urban Indigenous Health Database Project:

The Well Living House is an action research centre which aims to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous infants, children, and their families in Canada and around the world through applied knowledge work. The main focus is centered on gathering, using, sharing, and protecting Indigenous health and well-being knowledge and practices, to help improve health policies, services, and programs. The three areas of priority response are addressing health outcomes, advancing science, and building research and community capacity.

Video #1

Interviews community members and key stakeholders regarding why we did this study.

Video #2

interviews community members and key stakeholders regarding what makes this study unique and different/

Video #3

Interviews Dr. Janet Smyile, Principal Investigator, on her reflections regarding the project.

Video #4

Interviews Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, on her reflections regarding the project.