Indigenous Health Circle

Advancing the Health & Wellness of Indigenous Communities.

What We Do.

The Indigenous Health Circle (IHC) is an inclusive planning body supported by BANAC that is made up of Indigenous health service providers, health professionals, Indigenous communities, and various organizations in Simcoe County, Muskoka and surrounding areas.

Working collaboratively, the IHC supports the interests of both rural and urban-based communities, including on and off reserve First Nations. 

The committee members plan and take action towards the greater collective good of Indigenous health consumers and improve Indigenous health status of communities in the region.

IHC Members.

  • Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle
  • Georgian Bay Metis Council
  • Barrie Native Friendship Centre
  • Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre
  • B’saanibamaadsiwin Aboriginal Mental Health
  • Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association
  • Beausoleil First Nation
  • Georgina Island First Nation
  • Biiminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women’s Circle (BRAWC)
  • Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team
  • Georgian Bay General Hospital – Indigenous Patient Navigator
  • Mnjikaning – Chippewa of Rama First Nation
  • Moose Deer Point First Nation
  • Ontario Health (Central Region) – Indigenous Health Lead
  • Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital – Indigenous Patient Navigator
  • Orillia Native Women’s Group
  • Enaahtig Healing Lodge & Learning Centre
  • Regional Elders
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) – Indigenous Patient Navigator + Project Coordinator

In addition to the organizations listed above, the IHC is inclusive of mainstream partners with Indigenous-specific mandates or services. These partners include the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Simcoe Muskoka Public Health Unit and Chigamik Community Health Centre. 

As the health services adapt and change, BANAC and the IHC committee members work collaboratively with our Indigenous communities members and regional organizations to ensure inclusion in planning meaningful and impactful initiatives that support our IHC Committee commitment.

Our Commitment.

As an ongoing, dedicated committee, we continue to experience great success in the development of sustainable health and social service programs for Indigenous peoples in the region.

We are committed to establishing best practices, practice wisdom, and evidence-based practice in the design and delivery of Indigenous health services.


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