Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre

Site: Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre

Service: Traditional Healing, Medicine, Foods and Support Program

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Description & Services
Public Comments Elder in Residence is Emily Gregg
Description (Service) Provides a broad set of services that address the health and cultural needs of a largely Aboriginal population
Focuses on cross-cultural integration in five key aspects of all services:
Odabiidamageg (Governance and Leadership) 
  • Provides a board consisting of two-thirds Anishinaabe members and one-third non-native individuals 
  • Balances all committees with native and non-native members  
  • Consults with Elders, Native special advisors about key issues
Wiichi'iwewin (Patient and Client Supports) 
  • Provides interpreter services Mon-Sun 24 hours at all levels to optimize care planning and delivery 
  • Progressing towards offering translation of all symbols, information materials, signage and other materials into Anishinaabe languages 
  • Offers advice and support to patients and families from a traditional Elder including during critical illness and death of a family member 
  • Facilitates a cultural awareness and training program (Bimaadiziwin) to all Health Centre staff
Andaaw'iwewin (Traditional Healing Practices) 
  • Offers dedicated ceremonial, healing and related gathering and support spaces to allow for traditional healing services
Mashkiki (Traditional Medicines) 
  • Allows patients and families to use a limited range of traditional medicines under supervision 
  • Permits the use of sacred traditional medicines in healing ceremonies
Miichim (Traditional Foods) 
  • Provides a variety of traditional foods to patients, escorts and families such as bannock, wild rice, walleye, wild fish and game and herbs, plants and berries 
  • Observes and respects the traditional sacredness of food preparation (and provincial health regulations), storage, serving and disposal 
  • Provides rotating menus and cooking styles (smoked, dried etc) as possible, to both Native and non-Native cultures
Hours Office: Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm 
Services: Mon-Sun 24 hours
Areas Served Alcona ; Dinorwic ; Drayton Township ; Hudson ; Lac Seul First Nation ; Pickle Lake ; Savant Lake ; Sioux Lookout ; Also serves 28 Nishnawbe-Aski First Nations communities north of Sioux Lookout
Eligibility In-patient First Nation individuals
Application No application process
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, Oji-Cree, Ojibway; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-737-6561
Fax 807-737-5278
Primary Contact Kathy Loon, Manager, Traditional Healing, Medicine, Food and Services; Email:
Located In Community Sioux Lookout
Address 1 Meno Ya Win Way
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B4
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Intersection Meno Ya Win Way and 7th Ave
Mailing Address c/o THMFS 
PO Box 909 
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B4
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) ; Federal - Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)