The objective of the First Nation Strategic Health planning process is to develop a proactive approach to improve the status of First Nation’s health as well as to transform it.  The Chiefs in Assembly adopted a Strategic Plan as a work in progress with the outlined strategies at the Special Chiefs Assembly in November 2008.

The Strategies are:

  1. Assert Rights Treaty for health
  2. Advocate and lobby for First Nation jurisdictions to govern their own health systems
  3. Align Ontario First Nation health system levels to transform the status of First Nation health
  4. Develop processes to support Ontario First Nation health system
  5. Improve flow of communications within the Ontario First Nation health system
  6. Use technology to expand access to health information
  7. Implement strategic management system for sustainable change & results

Non-Insured Health Benefits

The NIHB Program is a national program which is designed to support First Nations people in reaching an overall health status that is comparable with Canadians. The NIHB Program is also designed to help individuals maintain their health, prevent disease, assist in detecting and managing illnesses, injuries, and disabilities.


Trilateral Health Senior Officials Committee

All Ontario Chiefs Assembly in June 2011 passed Resolution 11/38 directing OCCOH to establish TFNHSOC with the provincial and federal governments.


Health Research and Data Management

The Health Research and Data Management Sector strategic directions are building upon the
Chiefs of Ontario main objective and the Health Strategic Plan that was developed in 2009.


Mental Health and Addictions


Trauma Informed Approaches to Care

Chiefs of Ontario is pleased to provide the following opportunities for training on Trauma Informed Approaches to Care. These workshops will take place on January 29-30, 2019 with Dennis Windego, February 20-21, 2019 with Jonathan Bertram and Dr. Brenda Restoule, and on March 26-28, 2019 with the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. Those who wish to attend should be First Nation Service Providers. The location for all workshops will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario. Please email registration forms to Charnele Sondezi, Health Coordinator at or mail to Chiefs of Ontario, 468 Queen Street East, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario, M5A1T7. View workshop flyer here: Trauma Informed Approaches Flyer

You can find the registration form here: Trauma Informed Registration Form

For more information on the facilitators for the workshops, please find biographies below:

Dennis Windego – Jan 29-30

Dr. Brenda Restoule & Jonathan Bertram – Feb 20-21

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation – March 26-28


Carmen Jones, Director of Health
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