Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy logo

Three symbols make up the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy logo.

  • The turtle represents Turtle Island. This is Mother Earth.
  • The people are holding hands. This means they will help each other with their problems.
  • They are standing in a circle. This is the circle of life. The people are our friends, families and strangers — people who need our help or who are helping us.

Ontario promotes improved health and wellness in Indigenous communities through the Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy.

The strategy combines traditional and mainstream programs and services to help improve Indigenous healing, health and wellness and reduce family violence and violence against Indigenous women and children.

These community-based programs and services are available to Indigenous people living on-reserve and in urban and rural communities. They include:

  • community wellness workers
  • Indigenous Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program
  • counselling to address mental and emotional issues
  • crisis intervention services
  • healing lodges
  • health promotion and education
  • shelters and safe houses for women escaping domestic violence and their children
  • pre and post-natal care
  • treatment and healing centres

The Indigenous Healing and Wellness Strategy reflects a shared commitment between the Ontario government and First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous partners to reduce family violence and violence against Indigenous women and children, and improve Indigenous healing, health and wellness through culturally appropriate and Indigenous-led programs and services.

Three Ontario government ministries fund the strategy:

The success of the strategy

Since it was launched in 1994, the strategy has had many successes both on and off reserve. It has:

  • improved access to health care
  • enhanced services to address family violence, and
  • built the capacity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities and urban Indigenous organizations within a holistic and culture-based framework

In 2016-17, the strategy provided direct services to more than 54,000 clients.

Since its creation, the strategy has created more than 650 jobs and 460 community-based health and healing projects across the province, both on and off reserve.