Primary Care Clinic2024-05-26T22:14:26-05:00

Primary Care Clinic

Aligned with the vision of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, the Primary Care Clinic provides resources that enable individuals to attain or maintain the balance in their lifestyle that is necessary for health. The clinic is committed to offering traditional and/or contemporary healing practices to meet the needs of the urban Aboriginal community.

Aboriginal Health and Wellness sets itself apart in the way we offer care by focusing first and foremost on building strong relationships between all staff and constituents. We approach care with as much compassion as we would for a relative. The staff here are fostering and balancing familial like ties, in a professional setting.

Through modelling the Seven Sacred teachings using core principles such as honesty respect and humility, the hope is to foster a safe environment that emphasizes the well being of all who share these spaces, staff and constituents alike. We practice from a trauma informed lens rooted in a harm reduction approach, grounded in understanding of responsiveness to the physical, psychological and emotional safety for both providers and survivors. This creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. Harm reduction focuses on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination or requiring that they stop using drugs as a precondition of support.

The team aims to meet the unique needs of each individual by addressing specific medical issues, providing routine and episodic care, and facilitating appropriate referrals to a wide range of health specialties.

Aboriginal Health and Wellness Primary Care Team is a group of health professionals who work closely together to provide comprehensive and holistic primary care in a culturally safe way. Our wrap around care consists of the following professionals:

  • Cultural Advisor
  • Medical Doctors
  • Registered Nurses
  • Foot care nurse
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Social Support Counsellor
  • Community Health Workers
  • Medical Administration staff
  • Student learner placements
Traditional Healing

Our Cultural Advisor is available to meet with constituents for advice and counselling related to traditional and spiritual healing. The Cultural Advisor provides holistic care in areas of ceremonies, spiritual advice, and counselling. They also act to connect constituents to other traditional healers as needed.

Primary Care

Primary Care services are offered with a holistic approach, following the Medicine Wheel, to address the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing of our constituents.

The health care team works in collaboration with one another and is comprised of Physicians, Social Support Counsellor, Community Health Workers, Registered Nurses, Counsellors, Cultural Advisor, Registered Dietitian and Administrative Staff.

Health Community Care

The Community Health Workers and Nursing staff operate outreach programming that focuses on promoting health and wellness and preventing disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can access services at AHWC Primary Care Clinic?2022-12-21T19:17:57-06:00

Our supports and services are available to all our Urban Indigenous Relatives living in Winnipeg

How do I become a Constituent?2023-01-09T20:36:04-06:00

1) If you are an Indigenous person living in the city of Winnipeg and do not currently have a family doctor, you can be added to our waitlist by contacting our clinic.

2) You may also be eligible to have a family doctor at our clinic if one of our four priority categories applies to you: OAT Support, Pregnancy, Homelessness, and HIV Care.

3) If none of the above categories apply to you, you can still be added to our wait list.

4) With our Nurse-Care Model, a nurse can help with the following:

Wound care
STIBBI Testing/Treatment
Pap Tests
MSP Detox Forms

Education: On a host of health services, chronic disease, maternal care etc.

***Please be aware that our nurses cannot give medications. ***

What services are available?2023-01-09T21:07:17-06:00

Aboriginal Health and Wellness Primary Care Clinic provides primary care services to our Urban Indigenous relatives of all ages in the City of Winnipeg. Our clinic provides culturally informed safe healthcare environment for constituents and their families. We believe to achieve your best possible health, a balance between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being, is each constituents right and we are here to help by offering holistic wraparound care within our multidisciplinary team. We build partnerships with other community agencies and health care professionals to respond to your needs and advocate on your behalf when faced with barriers to health care.

Our services include family physicians for all ages; chronic disease management, reproductive health (STBBI testing/treatment, pap tests, pre/postnatal care), addictions (OAT), vaccinations, blood work, wound care, MSP Detox forms, education, DBT therapy, diabetes management, HIV screening and management, mental health care and access to a range of programs. that focus on the social determinants of health across the life spans.

Clinic Hours

MON-FRI 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed daily 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Location: Room 215

Please call to book an appointment

Director of Primary Care Clinic

(Acting): Colleen Ottertail

Telephone: 204-942-3700

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