Health Programs


Home and Community Center

Community Nurse


Tel.: (819) 723-2260
Fax: (819) 723-2272

These services assist people who have chronic and acute illnesses receive the care they need in their home or community. Care provided in these familiar settings allows community members to be close to their loved ones as long as possible and to keep their independence.

Home and community care may include nursing care, personal care such as bathing and foot care, home support such as meal preparation, and in-home respite care, that is, caring for someone while family members have a rest.


Brighter Futures Program

The Brighter Futures program is a community-based health promotion and ill-health prevention program. The program typically, promotes health and prevents ill-health through learning-related activities that strive to increase awareness, change attitudes, build knowledge and enhance skills.

Program Components

The program is made up of five components

1. mental health,
2. child development,
3. parenting,
4. healthy babies
5. injury prevention.

First Nations communities have the flexibility to determine which program component(s) to provide community-based programs, services and/or activities in.

Guiding Principles

The Brighter Futures program is guided by the following principles:

-A holistic approach is essential to support First Nations and Inuit individuals, families and communities;
-A holistic approach is best achieved when the five components of the program-mental health, child development, parenting, healthy babies and injury prevention-are coordinated and linked with each other, as well as with other programs and services;
-Including community members in the design of a program increases the likelihood of meeting the community's needs;
-Program designs that are community-based are more likely to meet the needs of the community;
-Program design should occur at a pace determined by the community; and
-A more comprehensive health program is achieved when a continuum of programs and services are offered, from health promotion and ill-health prevention to intervention and rehabilitation.

Medical Transportation

Sandra McBride, Coordinator
E-Mail: Medical Transportation

Tel.: (819) 723-2599
Fax: (819) 723-2272

The medical transportation component of the NIHB Program assists clients to access needed medical professionals, tests, dental and other treatment and services when these services are not available where the client lives. This can include arranging for transportation to be available for clients, providing financial assistance to transport themselves, or arranging for these medical services in the community. Services by our Medical Center who receive funding from Health Canada to administer medical transportation benefits under a signed contribution agreement.

Community Health Representative

Colleen Polson
E-Mail: CHR

Tel.: (819) 723-2487
Fax: (819) 723-2272

Community Health Representatives (CHRs) live and work in First Nations communities. CHRs make a major contribution toward improving the health of Canadians: they play a key role in health promotion, protection, and injury prevention, and are often change agents within their communities. CHRs increase accessibility to health care by bridging the cultural gap between health care professionals and their clients.

National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP)

Theresa Wabie

Michael Beaupre

Tel.: (819) 723-2153
Fax: (819) 723-2272

NNADAP originated in the mid-1970's as part of a national pilot project to address alcohol and drug abuse. The program was made permanent in 1982 because of the "urgent and visible nature of alcohol and drug abuse among First Nations people and Inuit". This stability enabled NNADAP to better coordinate with other programs in the promotion of community health and sober lifestyles.

Today, NNADAP provides over 550 prevention programs with over 700 workers - almost all employed by First Nations and Inuit communities. Program activities vary, based on the size and needs of each community and the availability of skilled workers, but they generally fall into three key areas:

Prevention activities, aimed at preventing serious alcohol and other drug abuse problems, include:

-Public awareness campaigns; 
-Public meetings;
-Public speaking;
-Developing content for schools on alcohol and drug abuse;
-School programs;
-News media work; and
-Cultural and spiritual events.

Intervention activities, aimed at dealing with existing abuse problems at the earliest possible stage, include:

-Recreation activities for youths;
-Discussion groups and social programs; and
-Native spiritual and cultural programs.

Aftercare activities, aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse problems from reoccurring, include:

-Sharing circles;
-Support groups;
-Crisis intervention;
-Support visits;
-Outreach visits;
-Treatment referrals;
-Detox referrals;
-Social service referrals;
-Medical referrals; and
-Band services referrals.

The center also provides current health care information and preventative health care programs. The TFN Health Center also houses Social Services.