Our mission is to improve the health and well being of Aboriginal People in spirit, mind, emotion and body through both Traditional and Western healing approaches. The programs and services we offer are based on our culture and traditions through a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated healthcare professionals and service providers. Direction is provided by a Volunteer Board made up of community members, and we are accredited by Canadian Centre for Accreditation.
Our multi-disciplinary team, which includes Medical Support, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Physicians, a Chiropodist, Counsellor, Physiotherapists and Health Promoter, provides holistic healthcare programs and services. These programs and services include: health promotion, illness prevention, disease management, well baby and child health assessments, immunizations, infant and child developmental assessments, women’s and men’s health services, periodic health examinations, routine screening, diagnostic and testing procedures, anonymous HIV testing, health counselling, and individual, family, and couples counselling.
Our multi-disciplinary team of Dieticians, Diabetic Nurse Educators, Social Workers and a Chiropodist provides individual, family, and caregiver support for diabetes. Our culturally-based program integrates Traditional and Western approaches to provide health education and help prevent complications of diabetes. In addition to providing education and support, our services include: oral medication, disease management, insulin monitoring and management, nutritional counselling, foot care, and lifestyle management.
Our multi-disciplinary team of Dieticians, Diabetic Nurse Educators, Social Workers and an Outreach Worker provide a traditional, culturally-based program which targets isolated seniors. This program offers screening, intake, and health assessments for seniors in the community. The services provided by our team include: community workshops, community kitchens, screening access, intake and referrals to primary healthcare practitioners, and diabetic education.
This program, which began in partnership with the Native Child & Family Services of Toronto and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, now includes Child Welfare agencies throughout Ontario. This program provides access to traditional, culturally-based services for children and youth in the care of child protection services, as well as their families and caregivers.
Our program places Aboriginal culture and tradition at its core, while utilizing a client-centered, strengths-based approach to recovery. We assist individuals with co-occurring mental health and addiction issues on their wellness journey by helping them construct their identity as an Aboriginal person and learn about their culture and traditions.
Elements of our program include: assessment for substance abuse, psychiatric consultation, support and counselling groups, individual and family counselling, traditional ceremonies, holistic care plans, art therapy, nutrition counselling, and recreation. Some aspects of health and wellness explored in our program include: stress management, anger management, coping with triggers, coping with relapse, and improving communication skills.
This program strives to promote the awareness and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as well as early interventions for families and caregiver who are caring for children diagnosed with FASD. Health promotion and prevention activities include community information workshops, support groups, pre-natal circles, school programs, and both one-on-one and group support for families and caregivers.
Community members are invited to access information on FASD support services and resources at our program office. It takes a community to prevent FASD and to support expectant mothers in an alcohol- and drug-free pregnancy.
In partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital and Breaking the Cycle, Anishnawbe Health Toronto offers a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic and assessment clinic. Our multi-disciplinary team consisting of a Physician, Nurse, Infant Psychologist, Child Psychologist, FASD Support Worker, Social Worker and our Traditional Team provides assessment, diagnosis and support services to individuals and families where there has been pre-natal exposure to alcohol and/or drugs.
Our service model integrates Traditional and Western approaches to assess, diagnose and treat mental health issues across the life cycle. Our multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals goes beyond treating symptoms by identifying and addressing the underlying causes of trauma (i.e. the residual effects of colonialism and the Residential School System). Our services are for all people with concerns about their emotional, psychological, behavioural and/or cognitive health. Priority groups for this program include seniors, people who are homeless, people affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), people experiencing a mental health crisis, and people with concerns about their substance use or problem gambling.
Our Babishkhan Unit works with individuals who wish to escape, rather than survive, homelessness. We use a long-term case management model to provide support which considers the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical needs of every individual. Our holistic approach assists staff and clients in better understanding the factors associated with their cycle of homelessness in an effort to stabilize their lives.
Finding My Way is a training program available to individuals who are looking to escape homelessness. Individuals are provided with the opportunity to better understand and gain insight into the issues surrounding homelessness and how these issues may relate to their lives. Other course content includes cultural identity and historical issues of Aboriginal People.
This training program provides participants with culturally-based training in community health work. Through a partnership with George Brown College, graduates of the program receive college certification and are then eligible for admittance to the final year of the College's Community Worker Diploma Program.
The combination of on-the-job training and course work covers four main subject areas: Traditional Health, Community Development, Communication and Presentation Skills, and Health Promotion, Advocacy and Counselling.
The O Ta Ti Baen Program supports the efforts of people who are working towards a life away from homelessness. Program participants earn credits through a community placement which are then applied to their rent.
As foot care specialist, our chiropodist assesses and treats foot disorders related to foot structure and function and those associated with disease, infection, and injury. Our Chiropody services include diabetic foot care, arthritic foot care, HIV foot care, heel pain assessment and intervention, sports-related injury management, orthotics (custom insoles) and wound care management.
In partnership with the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, our team of Naturopaths provides a holistic approach to health care, including disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, using natural therapies. Therapeutic interventions include acupuncture, lifestyle counselling, herbal medicine, eastern medicine, nutritional counselling, and homeopathy.
In partnership with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, our team of chiropractors assesses and treats disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joints. Interventions can alleviate headaches, tension, neck and back pain, sports-related injuries, tendonitis, arthritic conditions symptomology, stiff joints, and prenatal tension.
In partnership with Public Health, this program promotes good oral health and dental care for children 17 years and under who do not have access to any form of dental coverage. If eligible, the program provides children with regular dental services at no cost.
Our services include oral health prevention and education, periodic oral hygiene, dental care and instruction, fillings, implants, root canals and other surgical procedures.
The Psychiatrist provides assessment, diagnostic, and counselling services to assist individuals with a broad range of mental health issues.
The Psychologist provides psychological, intellectual, and vocational assessments, in addition to psychotherapy, for clients with emotional and/or behavioural disorders.
What we understand as sickness begins in our spirit. It then affects our mind, our emotions, and finally our body. Our Traditional Team uses both traditional and western approaches to healing. They provide non-judgmental, compassionate support and work with individuals on a broad range of issues, for example: abuse (physical/emotional/sexual/spiritual/etc), effects of the residential school system, heritage identity, substance use, adoption and foster care issues, self-esteem, and relationship issues.
Traditional Healers, Elders and Medicine People
Through our culture and traditional healing methods, Traditional Healers, Elders and Medicine People help individuals, families and communities strive for balance, harmony and good health. The traditional team utilizes a variety of approaches to healing which incorporate the mind, body, emotions and spirit. These approaches include: Traditional Doctoring, Traditional Medicine, Guidance and Counselling, Teaching Circles, and Healing Circles. An integral part of one’s healing path involves Spiritual Ceremonies, and those offered include Sweat Lodge, Shaking Tent, Full Moon Ceremony, Naming Ceremony, Clan Feasts, Pipe Ceremony, and Vision Quests.
The program provides pre- and post-natal support for women and their families until their child is 12-months old. Our traditional and culturally-based program celebrates the sacredness of life and honours the spirit of women. Services include education, nutritional counseling and support, traditional pre-natal circles, traditional teaching circles, traditional parenting circles, welcoming ceremonies, naming ceremonies, lactation supports, and infant development groups.
“New Beginnings Full Of Life Young Women Young Men Warriors”
Our program provides youth with counselling, advocacy, cultural groups and activities initiated by youth and driven by their interests. Given opportunities to participate in Traditional cultural circles and ceremonies, we support youth to have a strong sense of identity with the confidence to participate as equals in a native and non-native environment. The OSHKII OKITCHIIDAK program engages youth and their families/supports in cultural activities that reflect their needs and interests.
If you are more comfortable speaking another language while you are here to communicate with your health-care providers, we will arrange for an interpreter at no cost to you. Please give us 48-hours turnaround time.
At Anishnawbe Heath Toronto, our physiotherapists work with clients in their journey towards wellness, with specialty in physical well-being. Physiotherapists provide individualized, goal oriented assessment and intervention to help clients improve their function and quality of life. As part of the primary health care team, the physiotherapists offer rehabilitative, preventative and maintenance care, and equip clients with tools to manage their physical health, including education on exercise, and pain and chronic disease management strategies. Treatment may also include manual therapy. Our physiotherapists have worked with clients for management of arthritis, back pain, tendonitis, advice for exercise, and chronic pain. Group workshops are also offered in collaboration with other group programs at AHT.