Partnerning Indigenous Women's Organizations
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 


The Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health works with communities, service providers and other partners across Ontario to move evidence to action to create sustainable, system-level change. With offices in Toronto and across the province, PSSP is on the ground, collaborating with stakeholders to build a better system through our work in implementation, knowledge exchange, evaluation and data management, and health equity and engagement. Visit to learn more.

Ka Ni Kanichihk

Ka Ni Kanichihk


Ka Ni Kanichihk is a non-profit organization led by visonary community leaders and Elders who understand the significance of culturally-based and Indigenous-led services and leadership to social transformation, both on an individual and collective basis and who courageously and tenaciously set about the tasks of bringing their vision to action. They provide a culturally safe environment where greatness and gifts of all people are honoured and where Indigenous cultural practices and values are practiced and Indigenous people can "just be who were naturally are."

Kenhtè:ke Midwives
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Located in a Rotinonysyón:ni community at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Kenhtè:ke Midwives provides culturally competent care to Indigenous families living on-reserve in urban and rural communities. The team consists of one full time Onkwehón:we midwife and two apprentice Onkwehón:we midwives. They sustain their way of life by birthing their children in the hands of their own people, on their land, using their own language, traditions, culture and traditional medicines. 

Native Women's Association of Canada 


The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974. Their mission statement is to help empower women by being involved in developing and changing legislation which affects them, and by involving them in the development and delivery of programs promoting equal opportunity for Indigenous women.

Newfoundland Aboriginal Women's Network



The Newfoundlan Aboriginal Women's Network (NAWN) develops community-based support systems within Indigenous communities in order to create long-term positive systemic change for future generations. Their mandate includes raising public awareness in the areas of mental health & wellness and violence against Indigenous women; providing information about referral and intervention services in Newfoundland and Labrador;  act in an advisory capacity and provide support to project Peer Facilitators; liase on a regional and provincial level with community groups to share information and facilitate partnerships, identify gaps in information, research, and supports needed to improve the social, economic, and cultural well-being of Indigenous women; and work collaboratively with provincial government departments, regional health authorities and community groups to address issues negatively impacting the lives of Indigenous women in Newfoundland and Labrador.

 Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada



Pauktuutit is the national non-profit organization representing all Inuit women in Canada. Its mandate is to foster a greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocate for equality and social improvements, and encourage Inuit women's participation in the community, regional and national concerns in relation to social, cultural and economic development.

Rona Sterling Consulting

Rona Sterling


Rona brings a wholistic perspective to her work to inspire and empower others.  She strives to approach her life from a wholistic perspective utilizing First Nations culture and traditions and philosophy.  She specializes working with Aboriginal Communities. She has assisted organizations with various projects for children, families and communities around needs assessments, community consultations, program development, program reviews, policy development, strategic planning, staff workshops, training and curriculum development.  


Research Team Members 

Naana Afua Jumah, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Lisa Richardson, University of Toronto
Michelle-Marie Spadoni, Lakehead University
Yolanda Wanakamik, Lakehead University
Tina Armstrong, Wilfrid Laurier University
Lisa Bishop, Indigenous Registered Midwife
Jasmine Cotnam, Women's College Hospital
Erin Cameron, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Roxanne Turuba, Lakehead University

Academic Partners 

Northern Ontario School of Medicine
University of Toronto
Lakehead University
Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute



Northern Ontario Academic Medicine Association

Physician's Services Incorporated Foundation

Canadian Institutes of Health Research