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The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority will host this year's SLFNHA Area Chiefs AGM on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the Lac Seul Event Centre, located in Lac Seul First Nation.

Chiefs from all SLFNHA communities are invited to attend. To confirm attendance, Chiefs are asked to complete the Registration form below and send back to us. If a community's Chief is unable to attend, the Chief & Council may designate a Proxy by attaching a proxy letter with their registration form. A sample proxy letter is also available below.

If you require more information concerning our AGM, please contact Delaine Fiddler, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at:

Ph. 807 737-6520 C. 807 738-5058 Email:

Registration Form

Sample Proxy Letter

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First Nations and Inuit Hope For Wellness - Online Chat Counselling Service

To inform you of the launch of the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line’s new 24/7 online chat counselling service

See file here: Hope for Wellness Online Chat Bulletin

With this service, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is providing a new option for individuals, and particularly youth, who may be more comfortable accessing counselling services online, as opposed to over the phone.
To support the launch of the new online chat counselling service, (ISC) will update its Hope for Wellness Help Line web content on to include direct links to the online chat counselling service.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or use the chat box to connect with a counsellor on-line at:
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada.
Experienced and culturally competent counsellors can help by working with you or help you to find other wellness supports available near you.
Counselling by phone and chat is available in English and French. Phone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut, on request.
Please help build awareness for this new service by sharing this information.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, toll-free Help Line 1-855-242-3310

Ontario Region NIHB Client Information Line

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See file here: Moratorium.pdf

In January 2016, a moratorium was placed on Section 6.2 of the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Medical Transportation Policy Framework (MTPF) following a commitment made with the Assembly of First Nations.
At the time section 6.2 of the medical transportation policy stated:
“When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically required health services unless proper justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation.”
Until now, Section 6.2 of the MTPF was temporarily not enforced so that analysis on missed appointments could be conducted. After a thorough review and
follow-up discussions with the AFN, Indigenous Services Canada
has decided to reinstate Section 6.2, with minor changes that
clarify potential exceptions to the rule.
Section 6.2 now states:
When a client does not attend a scheduled appointment and medical transportation benefits have been provided, the client may have to assume the cost of the return trip or of the next trip to access medically necessary health services unless justification is provided to explain why the client was unable to attend or to notify the appropriate public carrier of the cancellation. Justification may include, but is not limited to, unforeseen circumstances such as health service delivery delays, severe weather conditions, family or personal emergencies.
NIHB will continue to work with partners and the NIHB Navigators to ensure that clients are aware of their responsibilities while travelling and will apply section 6.2 only when justification for missed travel has not been received.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to NIHB.

FNIHB Ontario Region NIHB contacts:

Ontario Region Client Information Line
Heather Larsen, Senior Manager
(613) 941-6253
Julie Mirau, Manager, Program Delivery
(613) 952-0139
Cynthia Lucier, Manager
Sioux Lookout
(807) 737-5822
Sandra Freund, Manager
Thunder Bay
(807) 346-3530
Thunder Bay Discharges 1-807-625-6039
All Other Discharges 1-807-737-5080
Sioux Lookout on-Call
Weekends and Holidays 1-807-737-0828 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

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CBC Special Report

Health System neglects northern patients by design: Doctor

Canadians like to think they have one of the best health care systems in the world — and that it's there for everybody, no matter what. But Dr. Mike Kirlew, a family physician based in Sioux Lookout, Ont., and one of the few doctors who works in the remote Indigenous communities in the northernmost part of the province, says that's not true.

"My patients do not receive anywhere close to a comparable level of care that other Canadians would enjoy. They just don't," Dr. Kirlew says. "That's the height of un-Canadianness."

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Enhancing Healthcare in Northwestern Ontario

Recruitment Event

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority will be hosting a recruitment event on January 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm and Saturday January 27, 2018 at 11:00 am. 'Enhancing Healthcare in Northwestern Ontario' recruitment event will take place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, located at 100 Front St. W, in Toronto, Ontario.


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Orientation to Community / Family Healing Program

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority's Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy (AHWS) department is accepting applications for it's November intake of the 6-day Community/Family Healing Program. Taking place on November 10-17, 2017, this program will introduce concepts of healing and wellness for community, family and self through an Indigenous worldview. It will deepen self-awareness, promote healthy life skills and provide participants with tools for relationship and parenting skills. Participants will also learn life skills to help you manage in today's world and learn how to move beyond past hurts.

To apply, please fill in the application and fax to (807)737-6195.

For more information

Lyn-marie Manitowabi
AHWS Program Manager at SLFNHA

Free: 1 (866) 337-0081
T: (807) 737-5640

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