Health Unit

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Patient Advocate Unit

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC)/Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Patient Advocate Unit supports our people by advocating, developing partnerships and bridging services through effective service coordination to ensure quality services for all First Nations people. This partnership with AMC and WRHA is imperative to ensure the medical needs of First Nation people are met, and their medical issues are addressed in a timely and meaningful way as each year, the number of clients continues to grow.

Your patient navigator is here to provide guidance, information and support throughout your medical journey outside of the hospital. 

A patient navigator is a resource for Indigenous patients/clients and families to help connect them to the right services to meet their healthcare needs. They are a resource to health care providers to help make health care services culturally safe and assist them with connecting Indigenous services.

Services we provide: 

  • Non-Insured Health Benefits to provide information and/or assist with coverage/appeals
  • Transportation Referral Unit
  • Medical Relocation information
  • Accessing your medical records
  • Filing Critical Incident/hospital complaints
  • Consultation (legal, family, medical)
  • Employment and Income Assistance (E.I.A.) processes

Direct Referrals: 

200-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B2B3
Phone: 204-987-4120
Toll-Free: 1-888-324-5483
Fax: 204-944-0582

In-Hospital Referrals: 

Indigenous Health Programs – Central Intake
Phone: 204-940-8880
Toll-Free: 1-877-940-8880
Fax: 204-943-1728

Special Needs Advocate Unit

The mandate of the Special Needs Advocate Unit is to improve the quality of life for First Nation children and their families living with special needs and/or disabilities and mental health in First Nation communities and urban settings; also to pursue ongoing communication between First Nation health care and social services providers.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, in conjunction with the EAGLE Urban Transition Centre (EUTC) and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), have partnered to create a Special Needs Patient Advocacy program to ensure meaningful participation and engagement of First Nations children and/or adults, in the Jordan’s Principle implementation process both on and off-reserve.

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first principle used across Canada to resolve jurisdictional disputes within and between government services provided to First Nations children.

The Special Needs Advocate Unit works with First Nation communities and organizations to develop protocols and measures for implementing special needs assessments.

Services we provide: 

  • Valuable education to clients and families on a variety of treatment, nutritional, financial, or social issues.
  • Link clients and families to community resources such as transportation, housing assistance, financial assistants, and/or support groups.
  • Work to optimize access to financial resources to assist clients and families with treatment-related costs, and therapy services, including drugs.
  • Offer emotional support to clients and families during difficult and stressful times.
  • Develop a care and support plan with the family and service providers at intake.

Contact Us: 

200-275 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B2B3
204-954-3050 (main line)
1-888-345-1883 (toll-free)
204-942-0253 (fax)

Darlene: 204-954-3053

Ryan: 204-954-3054

Patrick: 204-987-4102

Read the Special Needs Advocate Unit presentation

Political Unity Accord on First Nations Health

The Political Unity Accord on First Nations Health was re-signed by the Grand Chiefs of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and the Southern Chiefs Organization on October 26, 2017.

Read the Political Unity Accord on First Nations Health

First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba

Nanaandawewigamig – First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, was established by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in 2013, based on Resolution JUL-13.08 Re: Interim Manitoba First Nations Health Incorporated Entity to Pursue Tripartite Collaboration for a Unified Health System: THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Chiefs in Assembly approve the following interim corporate entity: Manitoba First Nations Interim Health Secretariat (with the Chiefs in Assembly as the membership of the Incorporated entity and the Chiefs Task Force on Health to be the Board of Directors).

Established in 2013 by the Chiefs-in-Assembly, Nanaandawewigamig was created to pursue tripartite collaboration toward a unified health system, guided by our treaty and inherent rights to promote culturally grounded, wholistic and community-based Health Care. Nanaandawewigamig seeks to support First Nations in Manitoba by collaborating on initiatives and strategies that promote and increase First Nations’ control, design and delivery of health services.

Our initiatives are based on First Nations’ rights to self-determination. Our purpose is to promote the overall well-being of First Nations and individuals regardless of residency and to protect and incorporate First Nations’ Traditional Knowledge and wellness practices.

Nanaandawewigamig works with the 63 First Nations, seven Tribal Councils, the independent First Nations and AMC, MKO, and SCO political organizations who entered into the Health Political Unity Accord in 2011. FNHSSM functions under the direction of the member of Chiefs-in-Assembly and its own board of directors.

Phone: (204) 942-9400
Fax: (204) 946-9761