Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre

Site: Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre

Service: Ojibway Medical Translator Program

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Description & Services
Description (Service)
  • Provides translation services to individuals from English to Ojibway and from Ojibway to English  
  • Assists doctors and nurses with translation needs 
  • Escorts patients to medical appointments 
  • Offers translation services with parenting, visiting elders and Indigenous craft circles
Translator available for following medical appointments: 
  • Dental 
  • Doctor's visits 
  • Hospital and Rainycrest Home for the Aged 
  • Optometrist 
  • Pharmacy 
  • Physiotherapist 
  • Ultrasound and diagnostic imaging
Hours Mon-Thu 8:30 am-4:30 pm * Fri 8:30 am-4 pm
Areas Served Anishinaabeg of Naongashing First Nation - Big Island ; Couchiching First Nation ; Lac La Croix First Nation ; Mishkosiminiziibiing First Nation - Big Grassy ; Naicatchewenin First Nation ; Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation ; Onigaming First Nation ; Rainy River District ; Rainy River First Nation ; Seine River First Nation ; Stanjikoming First Nation - Mitaanjigamiing
Eligibility Indigenous people living in the Rainy River District both on/off-reserve
Application Requires 24-hour advance booking
Languages English ; Cree ; Ojibway ; Oji-Cree
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-274-3131
Fax Administration 807-274-6280 
Clinic 807-274-3855
Primary Contact Mary Jane Kewakundo, Ojibway Medical Translator; Email:
Located In Community Fort Frances
Address 1460 Idylwild Dr
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M3
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Intersection Idlywild Dr and Lake Rd
Mailing Address PO Box 686 
Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M9
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1998
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC); Ministry of Health Promotion; North West Local Health Integration Network (NWLHIN); Ministry of Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy