What does an Indigenous Centre for Excellence mean?

Firstly, we are Indigenous. Wabano was created by Indigenous people for Indigenous people. We bring the knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and cultures into one beautiful space. A space that celebrates the resilience and beauty of our unique communities. At Wabano, Indigenous people guide the path of their health and their healthcare. 

We are a Centre for Excellence. Not a Centre of Excellence, but for Excellence. At Wabano, we believe our Elders’ teachings that say learning is lifelong. Gaining mastery – or excellence – is a journey that requires support all along the way. Wabano was created to be a place where Indigenous people are supported on their paths of excellence – both individually and together as a community.

We provide Healthcare Services – from an Indigenous perspective. We practice wholistic health. That means that we believe that true health includes four aspects of wellbeing: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. At Wabano, we blend contemporary with traditional to find the perfect balance for you and your entire family. Our unique model of care is so effective, that it informs health policy across the Province.

Our Vision

More than a health centre, Wabano is a proud Indigenous organization dedicated to helping Indigenous people live the good life.

We envision a world in which all First Nations, Inuit and Métis people have achieved full and equitable access to the conditions of health including: pride in ancestry, cultural reclamation, peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable environment, resources, and social justice.

We envision a world where the gifts and wisdom of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures are recognized as valuable, distinctive and beautiful.

Our Mission

We accomplish our mission through our four areas of expertise:

  • Healthcare: Providing quality, holistic, culturally relevant health services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities of Ottawa.
  • Initiatives: Engaging in clinical, social, economic and cultural initiatives that promote the health/well-being of all Indigenous people.
  • Education & Advocacy: Promoting community-building through education and advocacy.
  • Service Excellence: Serving as a Centre for Excellence for Indigenous Healthcare.

Our Strategic Directions

In April 2019, Wabano set its strategic priorities for the next three years, with the overarching goal of improving the all-around health and well-being of Indigenous people in Ottawa. The four priorities that we identified were:

  1. Deepen our knowledge of Indigenous culture across the centre and strengthen its integration into all our programs.
  2. Make Wabano an Indigenous employer of choice by hiring qualified employees and retaining them through a positive workplace culture.
  3. Formalize Wabano’s role as a Centre for Excellence in Indigenous healthcare by sharing our Model of Care and how it works.
  4. Become a fiscally strong organization so that we can continue to deliver the programs and services our community needs.

Our Model of Care is Rooted in Culture

The closest word in the Ojibwe language for health is “mino bimaudiziwin” which means “living the good life.” Each quadrant in our model of care is rooted in Indigenous wisdom and supports clients in living their good life.

Based on the Medicine Wheel and the work of Dr. Martin Brokenleg, our Model of Care guides all aspects of the way we develop and deliver our programs and services, from the way we interact with our community to how we engage with our space. At Wabano, our goal is to create a centre that all Indigenous people can call home.

Learn more about Wabano’s unique Model of Care.