Community Wellness Unit

Vision & Mission Statement


Our Vision is a healthy and safe community that nurtures and maintains the physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all.


Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik anticipates and responds to the health and social needs of the community; cultivates and nurtures the desire to take control of personal health and social wellbeing; stimulates and enriches the quality of life in the community by providing holistic education and awareness, intervention and treatment programs and services

Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik roughly translates as 'Healing House', but is also referred to as Sagamok Community Wellness Department.  The department is the hub of community health & well-being, providing secondary and tertiary programs and services.  The department is overseen by a management team and lead by the Community Wellness Director.

Sagamok Community Wellness Department Steering Committee
The Steering Committee provides advisory services and recommendations to the program and service delivery of Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik.

Sagamok Elders Council
The Sagamok Elders Council provides direction and advice with regard to critical community issues relating to elders; youth issues; health; land and resource development.

Sagamok Youth Council
The Sagamok Youth Council provides a forum where youth provide their insight to community issues that affect youth.  It is an opportunity to build bridges with youth in the community.

Community Wellness Director
The Community Wellness Director is responsible for the overall management of the department.  The Director represents Sagamok Anishnawbek and lobbies with external organizations and governments for health & Social Services development.  For more information contact:
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 333

Finance Manager
The Finance Manager is responsible for administering sound financial resources and to participate as part of the Mangement Team to effectively manage the affairs of Sagamok Naandwedjige_gamik.  For more information contact:
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 331

Executive Assistant
The Executive Assistant provides executive support to the Community Wellness Director and to the Community Wellness Department Steering Committee.  For further information contact:
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 335


Calendar of Events


Programs & Services Descriptions

  • Health Services
  • Social Services
  • Advisory Bodies of Sagamok Naandwedjige - Gamik
  • Strategic Priorities
  • Guiding Principles & Values of Sagamok Naandwedjige - Gamik

Health Services

Health Program Manager

The Health Program Manager is responsible for management of health programs within the Community Wellness Department.  For more information contact:

Yolande Nashkawa
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 334

Community Health Nurse

The Community Health Nurse is responsible for improving and/or maintaining the health of the community.  Some activities include community outreach, maintaining and dispensing medical supplies and over-the-counter medications, to assess and refer patients to other health care professionals and to maintain the clinic. For more information contact:

Sandra Camillo, Community Health Nurse 
Tel: (705) 865-2171 ext. 336

Community Health Representative 

The Community Health Representative is responsible for planning & assisting in implementation of healthy activities which will influence community members of Sagamok to alter lifestyle behaviors which contribute to chronic diseases.  For more information contact:

Marilyn Jones, Community Health Representative
Tel: (705) 865-2171 ext. 340

Visiting Regulated Health Professionals ~ Nurse Practitioner/Physician

Health Services provides access to health care within the community through visiting regulated health care professionals.

Richard SanCartier, Nurse Practitioner Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Rochelle Hatton, Nurse Practitioner Mondays & Tuesdays 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Dr. Salam, Medical Doctor Wednesdays 9:45 am - 7:00 pm

Danielle Brubacher, Dietician (once per week)

Dr. Blackwell, 18+ under Psychiatrist Bi-weekly Thursdays

Brian Nootchtai, Aboriginal Mental Health Case Worker

Clinic hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please note that the last appointment available is 2:30 p.m.

Medical Clerk 

The Medical Clerk is responsible for improving and/or maintaining the health records of the community.  Some activities include administering non-insured health benefits, maintaining and distributing medical slips, appointment booking, bookings that require medical transportation and confirmations of medical appointments.  For more information or to book an appointment contact:


Diane Toulouse, Medical Clerk
Tel: (705) 865-2171 ext. 343

Medical Transportation

Medical Transportation and financial support is provided to eligible band members who require transportation services to neighbouring locations such as Elliot Lake and other urban locations.  To request assistance contact:

Ernestine Bob, Medical Finance Clerk
Tel: (705) 865-2171 ext. 344

Community Addictions Counsellor

The Addictions Counsellor will provide inital intervention strategies, provincial assessments, one on one/ group counseling and aftercare services to children, youth, and adults who are experiencing addiction issues.  Primary and secondary prevention programs related to addictions are also offered in effort to engage individuals and/or families in the development of a wellness/treament plan.  For more information contact:

Kelly Tessier
Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor
TEL: (705) 865-2171

Community Mental Health Worker

The Community Social Worker is responsible for providing mental health services to the population of Sagamok that promotes & enhances the quality of life.  This is achieved through assisting Sagamok clients to improve their mental health status through counseling services, prevention, and crisis intervention.  For more information contact:

Wayne Southwind
TEL: (705) 865-2171 

Cultural Resource Worker

The Cultural Resource Worker is responsible for ensuring that traditional healing alternatives are available for community members and for those that are on their healing journey.  Also to preserve, reinforce and promote the continuation and revitalization of traditional customs and ceremonies to strengthen and enhance the well-being of the individuals, families, and community.  For more information contact:

Leroy Bennett
TEL: (705) 865-2171

Food Bank and Breakfast Club Coordinator

The Food Bank is available to offer support to all community residents when basic food needs are not met in the home due to finanical situations.  Also, to help community residents make healthy food choices and to introduce the Good Food Box Program and informing residents how to cook certain food items or notice of food recalls.  The Breakfast Club program is offered to students of Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik that includes snacks, lunch and milk programs during school instruction day.  For more information contact:

TEL: (705) 865-2421 ext. 280

Sagamok Fitness Centre

The fitness centre is available to the public for the purpose of promoting and supporting healthy and active living.  The available equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight lifting equipment.  The Fitness Centre is located at the Ednakmagak Centre.  Hours of operation are from Monday to Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm.

Community Physical Wellness

The Community Physical Wellness or sports & recreation is a comprehensive need for children, youth, adults and elders.  With limited resources Sagamok Naandwedjige-Gamik continues to lead the development of this program.  This requires community involvement through engagement activites, volunteerism and organizing events and fundraising.


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Social Services

Social Program Manager

The Social Program Manager is responsible for overall managment of the social programs and the Niigaaniin program.  For more information please contact:

Lana Pine
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext.332

Niigaaniin/Ontario Works Program

Integrated Intake Worker
Robyn Nahmiwan
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 341

Finanical Case Manager
Marilyn Southwind
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 322

Employment Support Program
Cheryl Bennett
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 329

Melissa Boissoneau
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 329

Youth Wellness/Niigaaniin Employment Support Worker
Vernonica Nashkawa
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 232

Parent Infant Advisor

The Parent Infant Advisor is responsible for improving the health of families before, during and after pregnancy.  Also to provide programs for improving parenting skills, safety programs, parents & tots programs and to promote nutrition for families.  For further information please contact the Community Wellness Department.

TEL: (705) 865-2171

Band Representative

The responsiblities of the Band Representative are to represent the interest of Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation in Child Welfare court proceedings; to ensure that all cases within protection services has a plan of care and that client progress will be reviewed and monitored; to participate in all required court appearances, and to ensure that the child remains connected with extended families and community in order to preserve the child's cultural customs and traditions.  For more information contact:

Janet Solomon
TEL: (705) 865-2171 ext. 226

Children’s Resource Worker

The Children’s Resource Worker is responsible for providing yearly prevention activities geared to children ages 6-12 years and family oriented programming that promotes family wellness.  The Children's Resource Worker is located at the Youth Drop-in Centre.  For more information contact:

Mackenzie Toulouse
Tel: (705) 865-1966

Nurturing & Well-being Education

The Nurturing & Wellbeing Education is responsible for delivery of Nurturing the Well-being curriculum to students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 at Biidaaban Kinoomaagegamik.  The purpose of the program is to promote awareness of Anishnawbek culture and values and to increase awareness and prevention of oppressive behaviours such as bullying, taunting, and exclusion.  For more information please contact:

Conrad Toulouse
TEL: (705) 865-1966

Community Wellness Worker

To provide family violence services, referrals, support and case management to community clients to address existing and emerging health, healing, and wellness issues.  Also to provide participant based activities related to promotion, education and awareness on reducing family violence, building healthy relationships and improving health.   For more information contact:

Shirley Gregorini  
Tel: (705) 865-1966


Nog-da-win-da-min is a native child welfare prevention service agency who provides services to children and families from the seven First Nation communities along the North Shore.  The agency is committed towards ensuring that children and families receive culturally appropriate services through the delivery of various programs. All services are voluntary.  For more information contact:

Nora Eshkakogan-Abitong, Family Preservation Worker
Tel. (705) 865-2171 ext. 223


Long-term Care Manager

The Manager is responsible for administering sound financial and human resources for the delivery of Long-term Care services for seniors in the community and residents of Elders Eagle Lodge.   For more information contact:

Loretta Nootchtai
Tel: (705) 865-2926

Home & Community Care Coordinator

The Coordinator oversees the work of the Personal Support Workers through scheduling and regular maintenance of elder homes and Elders Eagle Lodge facility.  Personal Support Workers provide companionship and life assistance to Elders in the community to ensure that they can live independently as much as possible.  Companion Staff & Relief Workers provide assistnace to Elders Eagle Lodge staff when the need arises to be there on weekends to surveillance the premises of the long--term care facility.  For more information contact:
Tel: (705) 865-2926

Therapist Support

The Therapist Support provides assistance to the visiting Physio-therapist that provides services from the Elders Eagle Lodge to the elderly and those with some form of disability that requires treatment.  For more information or to book an appointment contact:

Delma Toulouse
Tel: (705) 86502926

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a dietary program offered to all residents of the Elders Eagle Lodge, elders receiving services from Personal Support Workers and anyone needing the service.  For more information contact:

Janet Owl, Meals on Wheels Coordinator
(705) 865-2926

Companion Staff & Relief Workers

Companion Staff & Relief Workers provides assistance to Elders Eagle Lodge staff when the need arises to be there on weekends to surveillance the premises of the long-term care facility.


Guiding Principles & Values of Sagamok Naandwedjige - Gamik

Anishnawbek Code of Ethics

The values of the Anishnawbek are based on the seven teachings: wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, and truth.  Ethics in the workplace involve making decisions in the face of priorities, responsibilities, and restraints, which at times may be clear but at other times may be ambiguous and conflicting. I t is at these times that the decision-making process within Sagamok Anishnawbek will consider the value of the Anishnawbek.

Sagamok Anishnawbek recognizes that its employees are in public position and are seen to be in a special position of trust with high expectations with regard to proper use of resources, information, and power. As such it imposes ethical obligations on employees to act in the best interest of the organization. From the values come the standards of conduct expected of employees.  Employees are expected to strive to live up to these standards and to reaffirm their commitment on an annual basis.  The values of the Anishnawbek are a set of ideals to which employees aspire.  The standards of conduct are intended to be more practicably enforced.  (Sagamok Anishnawbek Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, July 2006). Sagamok Health and Social Services Staff and Management Team are expected to live up to these standards and the following statements are agreed a condition of their employment:

The values of the Anishnawbek are based on the seven teachings.

Nbaakaawin – Wisdom

  • While at the workplace, I will strive to accept the decisions and circumstances that I   cannot change, will ask the Creator for courage to change the things I can, and will seek wisdom to know the difference.
  • I will apply my academic and spiritual knowledge and skills when carrying out my duties and responsibilities.
  • When I am uncertain I will consult with my mentors, supervisors,, or colleagues, to gain a deeper understanding of a situation before making any decisions
  • I will reflect on and assess my own well-being and its impact on my work performance on regular basis.

Zaagidwin - Love

  • I will demonstrate compassion towards my fellow employees and others who I come into contact with
  • I will be fair and consistent in my interactions with fellow employees and others I come into contact with
  • I will work to establish positive relations with my co workers and set aside differences for the sake of those I was employed to service
  • In the course of my duties, I will strive to consider the needs of others before my own

Mnaadendmowin -Respect

  • I will treat my co workers with respect and hold their right to success to be as important as my own
  • I will accept the opinions, skills and knowledge, and personal strengths and weaknesses of my co workers and other individuals I have contact with
  • I will respect the privacy of and be courteous of my co workers and other individuals I have contact with
  • In the course of my duties, I will always maintain and respect the public interest

Aakdehewin – Bravery

  • I will defend my beliefs and convictions when requested or when confronted
  • I will take responsibility and be accountable for my actions at all times
  • I will see negativity in terms of constructive criticism and move to improve myself or the situation
  • I will acknowledge and own up to my mistakes an attempt to resolve them in a positive manner

Gwekwaadziwin - Honesty

  • I will not offer or document information or advice that I know to be false or misleading
  • I will not withhold information pertinent to my work or profession
  • I will make every attempt to live up to the obligations that come with my position
  • I will be accountable for my actions at all times

Dbaadendizwin - Humility

  • I will delegate my responsibilities and authority to others when required
  • I will accept the directives of those in authority
  • will make change to my actions or decisions when presented with a more constructive way to conducting business
  • I will never see myself as superior to colleagues and will willingly offer help when I see the need

Debwewin - Truth 

  • I will seek out truth and follow its teaching in all my interactions with those I come into contact during the course of my duties.

In Benton-Banai’s written version of the story of “The Seven Grandfathers,” there are several key plot elements to which we shall attend. The “second people of the Earth” were having difficulties and had not found a balanced, healthy way of life.  The Seven Grandfathers, whose duty it is to help people, send a helper to fetch someone who could mediate for the Grandfathers. Eventually the helper brings an innocent baby, who must be educated throughout creation before he can understand the Grandfathers. Once the helper educates him, the boy is found worthy by the Grandfathers, whose world is overwhelmingly beautiful and powerful. They introduce him to the Four Directions and their significance, and they each give him gifts which he doesn't understand.

With an otter for companion the boy seeks to return to his people. Along the way they stop seven times, and each time the meaning of one of the seven gifts is revealed. They are

  1. To cherish knowledge is to know WISDOM
  2. To know LOVE is to know peace
  3. To honor all of the Creation is to have RESPECT
  4. BRAVERY is to face the foe with integrity
  5. HONESTY in facing a situation is to be brave
  6. HUMILITY is to know yourself as a sacred part of the Creation
  7. TRUTH is to know all of these things (1988, 64) [8]


Taken from the Sagamok Anishnawbek Policy & Procedures:

1.1       WISDOM - Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to: 

  • Maintain an appropriate level of professional competence by ongoing development and application of their spiritual and academic knowledge and skills.
  • Consult with elders, mentors, supervisors, or colleagues when necessary to develop a more informed understanding before making a decision.
  • On a regular basis, reflect on and assess their own well-being and its impact on their work performance.
  • Have a willingness to learn from their mistakes.

1.2       LOVE - Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to:

  • Demonstrate compassion towards co-workers and other colleagues they interact with.
  • Be fair and consistent in their interactions with co-workers and other colleagues.
  • Work to establish a positive relationship with co-workers and set aside differences for the benefit of the organization.
  • Strive to consider the needs of others.

1.3       RESPECT - Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to:

  • Treat co-workers with respect and hold their right to success to be as important as their own.
  • Respect the opinions, and skills and knowledge of their co-workers and other colleagues.
  • Respect the privacy of and be courteous to co-workers and other colleagues.
  • Refrain from engaging in or supporting any activity that would discredit Sagamok Anishnawbek.

1.4       BRAVERY - Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to:

  • Be prepared to defend their beliefs and convictions when requested.
  • Take responsibility and be accountable for their actions at all times.
  • View constructive criticism positively and move to improve themselves or the situation.
  • Acknowledge and admit their mistakes and attempt to solve them in a positive manner.

1.5       HONESTY - Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to:

  • Refrain from providing false or misleading advice or documentation.
  • Act and communicate honestly with no ulterior motive.
  • Avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest and advise their immediate supervisor of any potential conflict.
  • Perform their duties in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and standards.

1.6       HUMILITY - Employees Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to:

  • Delegate their responsibilities and authority to others when required.
  • Accept the directives of those in authority.
  • Make a change to their actions or decisions when presented with a more constructive way of performing their duties.
  • Refrain from viewing themselves as superior to their colleagues and willingly help others when the need exists.

1.7       TRUTH - Employees of Sagamok Anishnawbek have a responsibility to:

  • Be knowledgeable of the seven teachings and strive to live by them while performing the functions of their jobs.


Contact Information:

Sagamok Naandwedjige Gamik
4005 Espaniel Street, Sagamok
P.O. Box 610
Massey, Ontario 
P0P 1P0
Tel.(705) 865-2171
Fax. (705) 865-3131