Indigenous Engagement

Young aboriginal woman.

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN) is committed to engaging the Indigenous community in local health planning and decision making. The Indigenous population in Canada is known to have unique health needs related to increased incidences of chronic disease, the social determinants of health, and a need for holistic health care that incorporates cultural practices and spirituality. The WWLHIN recognizes these unique needs, and we are committed to ensuring that our Indigenous residents are engaged with the health system, enabling health care providers to deliver high-quality care to residents that address those needs.

The WWLHIN is home to over 19,285 Indigenous residents: 14,730 are First Nations, 480 Inuit and 4585 Metis. Our local Indigenous residents represent approximately 1.5% of the total population in the WWLHIN.

Indigenous Health Needs Assessment

In 2010, the WWLHIN commissioned a Health Needs Assessment of the local Indigenous population to learn about their health needs and how to address them. The report also provides community-based recommendations for improving the health of the local Aboriginal residents.

This report was completed in the spring of 2011 and includes a demographic profile and health status statistics of the Indigenous population in Waterloo Wellington. The assessment also includes narrative data collected through a series of consultation sessions with local residents.

Thank you and Meegwetch to the community members and local partners that contributed data to this report.

Ongoing Community Engagement with Local Indigenous Residents

To support the community engagement recommendations in this report, the WWLHIN has worked with the community over the summer months, meeting with residents to share the report and validate the findings.

The WWLHIN also held a follow-up consultation session in October with representatives from local Indigenous agencies, health services providers, and residents to discuss strategies for continued and impactful engagement in the community.

Community Resources and Links

The WWLHIN is committed to working with local partners in the Indigenous community as we continue our ongoing community engagement efforts.

Local Links

The following agencies provide community services to local Aboriginal residents that include housing, employment and training, and community outreach.





Aboriginal Education Centre University of Waterloo

Provide student services including: admissions advocacy, academic and personal counselling, scholarship and bursary info, cultural events and programming, Aboriginal Student Association, career planning, Elder-In-Residence Program and cultural awareness training

St Paul's United College

190 Westmount Road North, Waterloo

Phone: (519) 885-1460 ext. 220
Fax: (519) 885-6364

Aboriginal Resource Centre, University of Guelph

Programs and services include: academic advising and support; programs to help with the transition to university life and study; tutoring assistance; bursary and scholarship information; cultural and traditional workshops, as well as research support

Room: 102; 620 Gordon Street, Federal Building, University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1

Phone: (519) 824-4120 ext. 58704
Fax: (519) 827-0432

Aboriginal Services, Conestoga College

Provide traditional counseling, weekly luncheons (Wednesday), social and family events, bursary/ scholarship information, Annual Pow Wow (February), Aboriginal Students Association, Elders-In-Residence Program, and student recruitment

Room: 1A103
299 Doon Valley Drive,
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 4M4

Phone: (519) 748-5220 ext. 2470 or 2251; Fax: (519) 748-3507

Aboriginal Student Centre, Wilfred Laurier University

Wilfred Laurier University is committed to supporting Aboriginal Students (First nations, Status, Non-status, Inuit and Métis) at its Brantford, Kitchener, and Waterloo campuses. Provides culturally based workshops, assists with bursary/scholarship information and an Elder’s-in-Residence Program.

187 Albert Street,
Waterloo Ontario, N2L 3T4

Phone: 519-884-1970 ext: 4190

Anishnabeg Outreach Inc.


Anishnabeg Outreach Inc. extends employment, education and training services to all eligible Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people within the area of Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge and Wellington County.

The goal of Anishnabeg Outreach is to assist all individuals in their search for employment, training and education opportunities.

Kitchener Office

151 Frederick St. Suite 50,
Kitchener, N2H 2M2  

Phone: (519) 742-0300
Fax:  (519) 742-0867                                                               

Guelph office

11A Suffolk Street East,
Guelph N1H 2H7

Phone: (519) 763-5292  
Fax (519) 763-1335

Anishnabeg Outreach Employment and Training

Grand River Métis Council, Waterloo & Guelph

To promote and preserve the Métis way of life. To look to our elders, to attain and maintain our Métis traditions, culture, spirituality and the respect of Mother Earth.

To ensure future generations carry on this vision, we are committed to educating our Youth.

Jennifer Parkinson, President

Carol Levis, Senator

Barbra Lair

Inspire Health & Wellness


As a Naturopathic Doctor, Sarah’s primary goal is to help patients achieve their optimum health and wellness through the utilization of natural treatment methods.  One of Naturopathic Medicine's main teachings is to focus on healing the whole person while targeting the underlying cause(s) of disease.

SARAH CONNORS, Aboriginal Naturopathic Doctor & Doula

525 Belmont Avenue W., Unit 107
Kitchener, Ontario
N2M 5E2

Phone: 519-745-1331

KW Urban Native Wigwam Project (housing)

Provide rent-geared-to-income housing to the Aboriginal community and student housing (limited)

300 Frederick St. 
Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 2N5

Phone: (519) 743-5868
Fax: (519) 743-6172

Indigenous Health & Wellness Program The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Coordinators works in partnership with the community to promote holistic health and wellness. 

JENNIFER ANTLER MENOMINEE, Indigenous Healing and Wellness Coordinator

Phone: 519-803-3117

LANA BRASHER, Indigenous Healing and Wellness Coordinator

Phone: 519-821-6638

Indigenous Healing and Wellness Program
176 Wyndham Street North
N1H 8N9

Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board

(NPAAMB), Kitchener, Waterloo region

Provides employment training programs and stay in school initiatives for urban Aboriginal Youth ages 15 – 30 years.

256 Hespeler Rd.
Cambridge, ON N1R 3H3

Tabitha Curley, Youth Services Officer

Phone: 226-533-9979
Fax: 1-877-722-1761

The Healing of the Seven Generations

Survivors (and intergenerational) of the residential school system will be taught using; traditional and non traditional practises to approach their healing such as: talking circles, drum group, cultural workshops, speakers and advocacy.

300 Frederick St. 
Kitchener, Ontario, N2H 2N5

Phone: (519) 570-9118
Fax: (519) 570-9301


White Owl Native Ancestry Association

Provides programming related to nutrition, prenatal care, wholistic child and youth programming, traditional healers, children’s groups, youth groups, youth yoga sessions, cultural feasts, youth and elder gatherings, tutoring and much more.

65 Hanson Ave 

Kitchener, Ontario

Phone: 519 576-1329 ext.2798
Fax: 519 743 8769

Wholistic  Child & Youth

Wholistic Child and Youth was established to provide equitable, cultural, and meaningful mental health services to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit children and youth. This could be in the form of counseling, group therapy and/or community outreach. 

Please visit for more information.

65 Hanson Ave
Kitchener, Ontario

Phone: 519 576-1329 ext.2798
Fax: 519 743 8769


Serving Waterloo Region, Wellington and Dufferin Counties

Upper Grand District School Board

Waterloo Region District School Board

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

Curriculum Leader for First Nations, Métis and Inuit education and Equity

Equity & Inclusion Officer – Aboriginal focus

Aboriginal Support Teacher

Weejeendimin Native Resource Centre
42 College Street, Kitchener
519 743 8635’

Provincial Links

Federal Links:

Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network (PALN)

For more information click here

For more information:

For more information on Aboriginal community engagement activities, the Aboriginal Health Needs Assessment, or if you have questions relating to local Aboriginal health, please contact:

Deb Ruprecht, Manager, CEO Office and Interim Indigenous Lead
Phone: 519 748 2222 ext. 3220


In March 2106 CMHAWWD presented workshops on aboriginal cultural awareness training for HSPs in the Mental Health sector.

Presentation by Darren Thomas from Wilfrid Laurier University 

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