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Indigenous Health Services 

Here at Health Sciences North, we acknowledge the diversity, history and heritage of Indigenous people in Northeastern Ontario and are privileged to offer health care and services in this region.  

We are committed to building stronger relationships with Indigenous communities. We are working to create an environment that supports culture and traditions and improves health outcomes for Indigenous peoples. 

The Indigenous Health Team is leading the work at HSN to identify and address priority health concerns and health equity gaps for Indigenous patients and their families.  

They are improving the First Nations, Metis and Inuit patient experience by incorporating traditional health practices and offering extra supports and services tailored specifically to their needs. All of this makes for a more inclusive and culturally safe patient care setting. 

We acknowledge that Health Sciences North is on Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory that has been inhabited by Indigenous peoples from the beginning and we want to acknowledge the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek on whose land we reside and the neighboring community of Wahnapitae First Nation.   

We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection to this place.  

We also recognize the contributions of Métis, Inuit, and other Indigenous peoples have made, both in shaping and strengthening this community in particular, and our province and country as a whole. 

In partnership with the region’s Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs), HSN is proud to provide the services of Indigenous Navigators to guide patients and families and provide culturally appropriate support to them in their health care journey.  

Navigators from Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services, Noojmowin-Teg Health Centre and HSN provide:  

  • Culturally relevant support 
  • Assistance with Translation Services 
  • Assistance with discharge planning and follow-up care 
  • Liaison/support between patient, families and the health care team 
  • Patient/Family advocacy 
  • Coordination of traditional and non-traditional community resources, including transportation and non-insured health benefits 
  • Support for culturally respectful end-of-life care focused on goals and wishes 

Patients and families can access the services of a navigator through the Indigenous Health Office by email at or by asking a member of their care team to refer them for service. 


Mshkikii Gamik - Medicine Lodge Collaborative

Mshkikii Gamik is Ojibway, translated as "place of medicine – medicine lodge." 

HSN officially opened the Medicine Lodge in March 2010 in collaboration with Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre. 

The Lodge provides opportunities to focus on the wholistic health needs of Indigenous patients through traditional health practices and hospital-based health care. 

The Lodge is located at the Ramsey Lake Health Centre on Level 2 in the Centre Tower, across from the Tim Horton’s. 

If a patient or family are requesting access to the Lodge and it is locked, please visit or contact the security kiosk in the main lobby for assistance.  


The Northeast Cancer Centre (NECC) at HSN has specific Indigenous health services available for cancer patients. The Indigenous care team includes Indigenous patient navigator, Indigenous engagement liaison and regional indigenous cancer leads/physicians. Please visit the NECC Indigenous care team webpage for more information. 


Contact Us

Health Sciences North
Ramsey Lake Health Centre
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 5J1

Phone: 705-523-7100