January 2019
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Waypoint Chigamik Health Hub
Innovative, collaborative, accessible health care
David Jeffery, Executive Director at Chigamik

The Waypoint Chigamik Health Hub is making great progress and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019. Chigamik and Waypoint’s outpatient and community programs will each have dedicated space in the building, along with other community partners inlcluding the new Youth Wellness Hub, one of only ten approved in Ontario. Common rooms and meeting rooms will be available for use by both organizations, including the potential for community collaboration. The building itself will have elements to accommodate the particular needs of children, patients and people with physical challenges.

Stay tuned as we continue to keep our community up to date!

With the goal of meeting the health care needs of our tri-cultural community, Chigamik is pleased to offer new English, French and Cultural programs this winter - free and open to the community. Take a look at the new 2019 Winter Program Guide.
Chigamik Launches Biidaaban Doula Collective for Indigenous Families
Chigamik is pleased to announce the launch of an Indigenous Full Circle Doula Collective called Biidaaban, meaning “Sunrise” in Ojibwe or Tawenti:ne in Haudenosaunee. The Collective is made up of Indigenous doulas who provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support and advocacy for women and families during pregnancy, labour and after birth. The Collective also provides support around reproductive health including, fertility, abortion, perinatal loss, and adoption. Traditional supports include the creation of a birth plan, learning about Indigenous practices, remedies, and ceremonies, and being connected to family, community and nature. All doulas received traditional birth teachings by Elder and honoured Traditional Healer, Pauline Shirt.

Doula services are free and available to anyone who self-identifies as First Nation, Métis or Inuit across North Simcoe Muskoka, on or off reserve.

For more information about the Biidaaban Doula Collective and to request services with a doula, click here or contact or 705-527-4154. Referrals are not needed.

Collaborative Care in Mental Health

Ricky Giesbrecht, CBT Psychotherapist at Chigamik
Mental health and substance use issues are among the most commonly treated problems in primary care settings. Collaborative care is an approach to patient-centred care that emphasizes inter-professional collaboration as the bedrock for improving access to services, and delivery of more appropriate mental health and substance use care.

The mental health team at Chigamik collaborates with partners across North Simcoe Muskoka to provide clients with improved access and delivery of care. For more information about Chigamik's mental health and substance use counselling and support programs, click here.
Indigenous Diabetes Program
The Kin-Nod-Mo-Win Diabetes program provides traditional wisdom, support and education to Indigenous people living in North Simcoe Muskoka.

The Spirit and intent of the Kin-Nod-Mo-Win Diabetes program is to assist individuals who are at risk of acquiring diabetes or are currently suffering from the effects of diabetes (Seesa Bock Wit Opiniah = sugar sickness). The program uses a traditional and wholistic approach, which embodies the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual side of one’s being. It is a pathway to individual and community health and wellness.

Some of the services include:

Services are provided at no cost to First Nation, Métis and Inuit families who reside in the North Simcoe Muskoka region. For more information and to book an appointment, please contact Brian George, Health Promoter & Indigenous Traditional Healing Coordinator at 705-527-4154 x204 or

Cultural Services at Chigamik
Mitch Akerman, Chigamik
For more information and to register for one of Chigamik's Cultural Programs, visit us online or call  705-527-4154 x252.
Chigamik's Community Holiday Dinner was a success!
Thanks to everyone who attended our Community Holiday Dinner. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season with a traditional festive meal, cake, cookie decorating and free giveaways!
Miijim Affordable Food Market in Midland Has Proved Sustainable

The cost of food is expected to rise in 2019 and if it’s like 2018, Ontario will be hit the hardest. Luckily for people living in the Midland area, the new Miijim Market is keeping the price of fresh fruit and vegetables as affordable as possible. Supported through the Chigamik Community Health Centre, the market is open every Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Operation Grow, located at 436 Bay Street in Midland. The market sells wholesale-priced produce to anyone who needs it and it’s making a difference in people’s lives.

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Like Us On Social Media!
Learn about Chigamik's new programs, services and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube!
Winter Solstice Celebration
Thank you to Grandmother Pauline Shirt and everyone who attended the Winter Solstice Celebration on December 21st. Traditional story telling and teachings, singing and drumming and a delicious feast was enjoyed by all. It was a beautiful evening!
Ontario Health-Care Providers Explore Social Prescriptions to Help Patients Heal Without Drugs

Myra Rzepa and the people at her crafting workshop are not just making Christmas ornaments. They are part of a new program across Ontario to test the effectiveness of social prescriptions: a non-medical approach that links patients with activities and services in a bid to reduce the need for drugs and visits to the doctor.

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 Healthy Thursdays: Chigamik on the Radio!
Starting on January 17th at 9am, Chigamik is broadcasting a series of health and wellness interviews every Thursday on the local French radio CFRH 88.1 FM. Topics include positive mental health, tips on how to quit smoking, cognitive behavioural therapy, lifestyle changes for the new year, health benefits of being social and many more!

Tune in and learn about the French-language health services available in your community! Listen online at
We Need Your Help!
Chigamik is collecting unused small soaps, toothpaste samples, and other personal hygiene items to distribute them to homeless and domestic violence shelters across North Simcoe Muskoka. Please save and drop-off your unopened samples to Chigamik reception to help those in need. The South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre in Wasaga Beach is also collecting donations. Thank you for your support!

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