Goals & Objectives

The goal of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) is to foster improvements in the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal individuals, families, communities and Nations through:

  • provision of equitable access to primary health and healing services and programmes, including prevention, treatment and support, that are culturally appropriate and culturally competent;
  • building on the strengths and enhancing the capacities of Aboriginal communities; and,
  • promotion of equitable, violence-free relationships and healthy environments.

AHWS is managed by a Joint Management Committee (JMC), a unique consensus decision making model with both Aboriginal and government representation. The following Provincial Ministries have representatives on the JMC: Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Ontario Women's Directorate of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The OFIFC has two representatives on the JMC. Additionally an OFIFC representative sits on all sub committees of the JMC. These sub committees are; Research and Evaluation, Policy and Planning, Specialized Projects and the Aboriginal Healthy Babies and Healthy Children's Working Group.

Programme Summary

Aboriginal Healing & Wellness Coordinators (HWC)

The HWC's ensure that the healing and wellness needs of the Aboriginal community are addressed by implementing the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy at the local level in order to reduce family violence, promote healthy lifestyles, culture based programming and healing.

The coordinators provide an array of different services to meet the needs of their communities, such as; crisis intervention, healing/talking circles for men, women and children; education, prevention and promotion workshops for community members and agencies; cultural awareness; cultural teachings; and peer counselling both one on one and family.