Indigenous Health Circle Forum

The Champlain LHIN Indigenous Health Circle Forum (Circle) represents rural and urban First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across the Champlain region, and partners with the LHIN to address health and wellness issues and health system improvement opportunities. The goal is to ensure the needs of Indigenous people are considered in planning and decision-making.

Through the engagement efforts of the Circle, the Champlain LHIN regularly seeks input from Indigenous people, communities and health service providers.

GrandfatherStoriesThe Circle focuses on the following priorities:

  • Chronic Disease / Diabetes
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency
  • Community Engagement.

Here are the Circle’s highlights for 2015-16:

After engaging with different Indigenous communities, the Circle shared input into the development of the LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-19, and Minister’s Patients First discussion paper. The Circle’s additional activities included:

  • Approximately 200 providers of mental health and addictions services and Health Links participated in an online Indigenous cultural safety training program.
  • To help inform a research project on sound and innovative practices in diabetes prevention and management, focus groups and key informant interviews were held with 14 clients and 25 service providers, and 58 people responded to a diabetes survey.
  • Focus groups were also conducted with 36 Indigenous youth to inform a mental health and addictions research project, and the development of Indigenous cultural safety guidelines.

For more information, please contact Indigenous Engagement Specialist, Donna Lyons (, 613.747.3210).

Banner artwork by Christi Belcourt.
"Grandfather Stories" by Leah Dorion.

Indigenous Health Circle Forum Members

Name Organization

Allison Fisher,

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

April White, Co-chair

Health Department, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Maureen Kauffeldt

Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation

Peggy Dick

Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation

Jo MacQuarrie

Métis Nation of Ontario

Karen Baker-Anderson

Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre

Connie Siedule

Akausivik Inuit Family Health Team

Jason LeBlanc

Tungasuvvingat Inuit

Morgan Hare

Odawa Native Friendship Centre

Robert Guyea

Renfrew and County District Aboriginal Friendship Centre 

Mary Daoust

Minwaashin Lodge