On April 17, 2014 in Eagle Lake First Nation members of the “Minobimaddiziwin” – Treaty 3 Health Improvement and Community Preparedness Strategy signed the relationship agreement. The Minobimaadiziwin symbolizes a commit to work collaboratively to strengthen sustained relationships that seek through innovation, networking and information sharing, to enhance culturally safe services, reduce barriers and improve the continuum of care, i.e. prevention, early identification, assessment, treatment, and aftercare for mental health, addiction and emergency response within Anishinaabe communities to better serve children, elders, seniors, adults and families.

Minobimaadiziwin Relationship Agreement

Minobimaadiziwin Relationship Agreement

Minobimaadiziwin Advisory Committee Overview (pdf)

For more information please contact:
Melanie Hyatt
Minobimaadiziwin Project Manger Grand Council Treaty #3
P.O. Box 1720
Kenora, ON  P9A 3X7
Ph: (807) 548-4214 Ext: 2250
Fax: (807) 548-5041
Email: Melanie.Hyatt@treaty3.ca



What is the Treaty #3 Minobimaadziwin Strategy?

Minobimaadiziwin: Advancing Treaty #3 Anishinaabe Community Preparedness.

  • To integrate and align health services, through building strong partnerships, that support natural helpers in Treaty #3 Anishinaabe communities to advance community preparedness, response and resilience for Mental Health and Addictions.
  • To improve integration of existing provincially and federally funded mental health, addiction and community preparedness services, strengthen communication and access to mental health and community preparedness services that meet the needs of Anishinaabe of Treaty #3.

Minobimaadiziwin Information 

What are the Minobimaadiziwin Goals?

  • To improve participation of Anishinaabe of Treaty #3 in the process of mental health and addiction service integration to guide process and ensure services meet their needs.
  • To establish culturally competent and appropriate services.
  • To build strong partnerships that improve participation integrate mental health services and community preparedness, strengthen communication and access to mental health and addiction services that are better suited to the needs of Anishinaabe and provide a continuum of care and reduce fragmentation of mental health and addiction services.
  • The Minobimaadiziwin Strategy has been designed to build on the principles and lessons learned through work accomplished in the Treaty #3 territory to date. The project intends to support and help regional projects/initiatives to move forward and develop formalize agreements and integration of services as it fits for those regions and respective communities.

Minobimaadziwin Working Groups

Mental Health Services  •  Children’s Mental Health  •  Cultural Competency  •  Emergency Management

Who are the Minobimaadiziwin Partners?

Partners and potential partners include: Grand Council Treaty #3, Treaty #3 Health Council, Fort Frances Area Tribal Health Services Inc., Kenora Chiefs Advisory, Paawidigong First Nations Forum, Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resources Council, Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’Iyewigamig Health Access, First Nations & Inuit Health – Ontario Region, Northwest Local Health Integration Network Including NWLHIN funded agencies, Community Care Access Centres, Hospitals, Community Support Organizations, Community Based Mental Health & Addiction Programs, Long Term Care Facilities, AnishinaabeAbinooji Family Services, Weechiitewin Family Services, Treaty #3 Police Services, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, Treaty #3 Education Directors, Bimose Tribal Council, School Boards, Regional Hospitals, Migisi Treatment Centre, Naotkamegwanning Womens Shelter, Northwestern Health Unit, Kenora District Services Board, Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board, Municipalities, Emergency Management Ontario.

Where did the Minobimaadziwin Strategy come from?

  • A priority identified by the Health Council included the need for Treaty #3 to do some collective work around emergency management – preparedness planning. The Health Director responsible for the file visited an Elder for guidance on the preparedness planning approach.
  • The Elder relayed the message that what the Health Council is trying to do is support “Minbimaadziwin.” The Elder recommended that the preparedness planning strategy go to ceremony.
  • At the Fall 2011 Health Council meeting, the Treaty #3 Health Council Health Directors recognized the response teams in community are often the same responders to any emergency and/or crisis situations.
  • The Treaty #3 Health Council recommended to Treaty #3 leadership the development of a joint approach that will go through ceremony to help guide Treaty #3 preparedness planning & mental health strategies.
  • As a result, the Treaty #3 Chiefs have passed a resolution endorsing the Health Council to form a working group to conduct:
    • an investigation of resources, services and funding in the province and in Treaty#3,
    • an alignment of resources, programs and services around emergency management and mental health in Treaty #3,
    • The development of a support network throughout Treaty #3 to increase community’s capacity to support one another in emergency situations.

GCT#3 Chiefs-In-Assembly supported that the GCT#3 Health Council efforts to work together to develop the approach; GCT#3 will take immediate action by enhancing community based planning, development of resources and support toward existing initiatives; and the Ogichidaa and the Social Sustainability Chiefs Committee will approach federal and provincial governments and private sector to address the preparedness planning/ mental health approach in the GCT#3 territory.