Indigenous Health Circle Forum


The Champlain LHIN Indigenous Health Circle Forum (Circle) represents rural and urban First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across the region, and partners with the LHIN to address health and wellness issues, and health system improvement opportunities.

The goal is to ensure the health needs of Indigenous people are considered in planning and decision-making.

Currently, the Circle is focused on addressing the following priorities:

By priority, here are some of the resources the Circle has developed:

Chronic Disease / Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases among Indigenous people. As well, Indigenous people also face a higher level of complications from the disease.

The Circle recently completed a report to better understand how to improve prevention and diabetes management, and the factors that affect the recruitment and retention of Indigenous people in diabetes and prevention programs.

A summary of the report, Identifying Wise Practices: Diabetes Management with Indigenous Clients, will be available soon.

Mental Health and Addictions

In 2012, the Circle undertook an extensive research project to better understand the scope and nature of mental health and addictions issues faced by Indigenous youth in the region. Learn more in the report, My Life, My Well-Being.

This research led to more work to identify ways to improve mental health for Indigenous youth: Now Now Now: Mental Wellness for Indigenous Youth in the Champlain Region.

Indigenous Cultural Safety

The Circle has 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.

In support of this, the Champlain LHIN periodically funds a limited number of seats for LHIN-funded providers to complete online Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training.

If you are a LHIN-funded provider interested in learning more about ICS training, please take a few minutes to watch this video, and then contact Erin Corston (contact information, below).

Community Wellness

The Circle focuses on health-equity for Indigenous peoples. An Indigenous health-equity and wellness think-tank was held in early 2017. It led to the development of a framework for improving health outcomes for Indigenous peoples that will go through a validation process.

Additional Resources

For more information, please contact Erin Corston, Indigenous Engagement Specialist (, 613.747.3210 or toll-free 1.866.902.5446 x 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