North East LHIN’s health system planning and funding functions are now part of Ontario Health, a government agency responsible for ensuring Ontarians continue to receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them.
Indigenous Health Care
Ezhi gshkitoong go waani zhi mino yang naadgo wendming pii ndo wendaagog.
We continue to work in partnership to advance Indigenous health initiatives that help to increase access and improve coordination of health programs and services for Indigenous Northerners.
Every year, we invests over $39 million to support front-line health care delivery to Indigenous people living in Northeastern Ontario.
Over the past 10 years, we have engaged with hundreds of Indigenous leadership, communities and health services providers. The outcomes of these engagements are reflected in the LHIN’s priorities in strengthening the system of care for people living in Northeastern Ontario.
Indigenous Population within the region
The Indigenous diversity within the North East is comprised of Cree, Ojibwa, Odawa, Algonquin and Métis identified cultural groups – representing approximately 11% of the total population in Northeastern Ontario.
In general, Indigenous people experience a lower health status than other Northerners. The primary health conditions experienced by Indigenous Northerners, includes:
- Higher rates of medically complex chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and mental health disorders.
- Physical aging at a younger age due to multiple chronic conditions.
- Higher cases amongst Indigenous youth of mental health issues, chronic illnesses and poor oral health.
- High rates of suicide and suicide ideation.
- Indigenous people are over-represented as clients in addiction services across Northeastern Ontario.
North East Aboriginal Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan
On September 21, 2016, the NE LHIN and the LAHC launched the North East LHIN Aboriginal Health Care Reconciliation Action Plan.
This plan is an important first step in a journey to build a stronger system of care that will address the profound inequities in health for Indigenous Northerners – a plan that was created in the spirit of reconciliation, mutual understanding and respect.
The plan encompasses four main strategic directions -- Opportunities (East); Relationships (South); Knowledge and Understanding (West); and Sustainability and Evaluation (North). The plan will be implemented using the Medicine Wheel as a guide – a widely recognized approach that represents wholeness, balance and interconnectedness. Each strategic direction plays an integral role in the success of this plan.
We will work with partners to implement this plan and continue to close the disparity gap in the health and wellness of Indigenous Northerners.
Indigenous Cultural Safety
We have focused on increasing training opportunities for health service providers across the region. This is needed within the health and mental health system to bring to light service provider bias and colonization legacies that continue to affect service accessibility and health outcomes for Indigenous people.