CSC Chigamik CHC Newsletter
January, 2021
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A Year In Review At Chigamik

Greetings from Chigamik Community Health Centre! In this year’s 2019-2020 annual report, we’re sharing a glimpse into some of the work we’ve done over the past 12 months, while highlighting how our
programs, services and partnerships have impacted the lives of many in our community. As always, we continue to work closely with our clients and members of our community – improving how they access our care, and most importantly, ensuring that their voices are heard.

We invite you to take a look at some of our accomplishments over the past year. While we face new challenges ahead, our staff, board, volunteers and partners will continue to work passionately to help create a healthy future for everyone in our community. As we work together to move forward, let us remember that connecting and caring for each other is the only way to navigate the future.

Merci, Miigwetch, Thank you.
David Jeffery, Executive Director
Read the Chigamik Annual Report

Chigamik Services Update

During the provincial stay-at-home order, Chigamik remains open and continues to see clients virtually and when necessary, in-person. Your initial appointment
will be offered virtually or over the phone. During this appointment your healthcare provider will determine whether an in-person visit is necessary. Appointments can be made by calling reception at 705-527-4154. For in-person appointments, clients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the building and asked to wear a mask.

In order to ensure appropriate physical distancing and preparation for your specific care needs, please do not come to Chigamik in-person at this time without first phoning to book an appointment. Any person experiencing any Covid-19 symptom or who is concerned about a known or possible exposure to Covid-19 should not come in-person to Chigamik, but rather call first for further support and direction. Any person who is experiencing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 or with concerns about a known or possible Covid-19 exposure, should immediately self-isolate and contact their nearest Covid-19 Assessment Centre at the earliest possible opportunity.

All community programs are currently being offered virtually. Programs are free and open to everyone in our community. Please visit to register online.

Register for Online Winter
Programs at Chigamik

With the goal of meeting the health care needs of our diverse community, Chigamik is pleased to offer new English, French and Cultural programs this winter - free and open to everyone in the community!
During the provincial lockdown, our programs are being offered virtually. Take a look!
Winter Program Guide

Indigenous Culturally Appropriate Pregnancy Care (CAPC) Training

Our Indigenous Culturally Appropriate Pregnancy Care (CAPC) Training is a 6-week course, coordinated by Chigamik's Biidaaban Doula Collective. The course is designed to help participants transition from feeling unclear about delivering culturally appropriate pregnancy care to feeling confident in their cultural knowledge and abilities to continue to foster positive and engaging relationships with prenatal and postpartum Indigenous people and their families.

The Indigenous CAPC Training is designed for:

  • Professional practitioners who have an interest in birth work
  • Those providing pregnancy care in the form or prenatal, birth or postpartum support
  • Birth work professionals seeking professional development
  • Those who serve Indigenous populations and would like to have more knowledge and support to properly foster relationships and increase positive care experiences
  • Doctors, midwives, nurses, doulas, therapists, or other healthcare professionals
All profits generated from this course are supporting our Indigenous Doulas to provide services at no cost to First Nation, Métis and Inuit people and their families who reside in the North Simcoe Muskoka region.
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Chigamik Is Now a Registered Charity

Chigamik raises over $2,500 on GivingTuesday

We are pleased to announce that we are now a registered charity and accepting donations to help support community-wide initiatives.

On December 1, 2020, Chigamik joined the GivingTuesday movement in Canada – a global day of generosity. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

This GivingTuesday, we asked members of our community and staff to support our goal of providing 20 families living in North Simcoe with “ready to cook” meals for the holidays. We are pleased to share that we raised over $2,500 on GivingTuesday. We would like to thank our staff and members of our community who donated to this important community initiative. A special thank you to our community partners – Foodland Midland, Graffiti Art and Mary and Ray Nason – for their time and generous donations.

“Our goal was to inspire everyone in our community to get involved and help us promote the spirit of giving back. At a time when many of us are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GivingTuesday was an opportunity for people across Canada to stand together in unity and to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected. Thank you to our generous community and staff for your support. We truly appreciate it."

~David Jeffery, Executive Director,
CSC Chigamik CHC

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Cooking with Pulses
Eating well for our health, budget and planet!
Eating healthy is an important part of managing good health. Incorporating pulses into your diet is an easy way to add fibre, protein and nutrients into your meals.
Pulses are the edible dried seeds of the legume plant and include beans, lentils, chickpeas and dry peas. They are rich in protein, fibre, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins, and other nutrients, they do not cause spikes in blood sugar and may help prevent certain diseases.  Pulses are also inexpensive and good for the planet! Challenge yourself to include 2-3 plant-based meals per week! To learn more about pulses, visit
Recipe Ideas

Thank You to Our Community!

Thank you to all of our staff, volunteers and friends who donated money and time to help support our community with hot and "ready to cook" meals for the holidays. We sincerely thank you! ⠀
We Want to Hear from YOU!
Are you 65 years of age or older and speak French? Chigamik and the Canadian Mental Health Association are partnering to offer a new series of French Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops...and we want your feedback!

Please click the button below to participate in the survey: Comprendre la santé mentale et le bien-être chez les personnes âgées. This survey is written in French. Thank you for your participation and support!
Take the survey (in French)
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Social Media!
Learn about CHIGAMIK's new programs, services and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!
Chigamik on
the Radio

Tune in to CFRH 88.1 FM every Thursday morning for "Jeudi en santé" to learn about the French language health services and programs available at CHIGAMIK and in your community!

Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Supports Chigamik's Indojiibikan (My Roots) Project
Since receiving a $40,100 Seed grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in 2019, Chigamik has been developing the local Indojiibikan (My Roots) project. With the support of this grant, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Midland and surrounding areas have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Indigenous culture and learn to apply Indigenous traditions to a range of activities, to help gain knowledge and preserve cultural heritage.
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Chigamik's French Primary Care Services in Barrie Has Moved

Chigamik’s French Primary Care Access Point in Barrie has moved to the Georgian Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic located at Georgian College. Chigamik's Francophone nurse practitioner (NP), is available to see clients in Barrie every Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. French language Primary Care services are also available on other days either by telephone, or in-person at Chigamik Community Health Centre in Midland.

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Traditional Healing
Having access to Traditional Healing services during this period of isolation and stress is an essential part of holistic health care and can help individuals cope with a variety of stressors.
We are pleased to announce that Chigamik is offering in-person and
virtual Traditional Healing sessions. All appointments are provided at no cost and available in French or English.
Upcoming Traditional Healing Dates
Jake Agoneh
March 22nd-24th

Pamela Tremblay-Hayes
March 16th-18th

Troy Greene
March 8th-10th

To learn more about the Healers offering Traditional Healing sessions at Chigamik, click here.
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There's Definitely a Need:
Chigamik provides emergency food programs to Midland-area residents
Chigamik launched an Emergency Food Program in April, 2020 and is pleased to announce that the next phase of the program is starting in February.
Since the launch of the program, over 280 individuals and families have benefited from this service. Thank you to our partner, United Way Simcoe Muskoka.
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