Centre of Excellence

Wabano is highly acclaimed for its medical services. Since opening in 1998, we have excelled in the provision of quality primary care. Our unique model of care integrates a full medical clinic, mental health clinic, community and cultural programs along with community outreach to provide a place that all Indigenous people can call home.

We specialize in:

Chronic disease:

  • How to live well with chronic disease, ongoing support, health promotion, medical and diagnostic support.
  • We serve more than 5,400 clients and the demand is growing.

Women’s Health:

  • Health promotion, screening, diagnostic services, well women’s health support
  • 3,000 women access our services regularly


Maternal & newborn health:

  • Pregnancy rates are rising in our community, so we offer: Prenatal care, nutrition, counselling, post-partum care, and breast feeding clinics
  • 1/3 of Wabano’s caseload is under the age of 25 years

Baby Ribbon Blanket 3 032Wabano’s expanded space allows us to welcome specialists and enhance programming in all our areas of expertise: Chronic Disease, Women’s Health, Maternal & Newborn Health.

We have launched a new social enterprise program, outfitted with personal and industrial sized sewing machines, providing space for community members to expand their skills and seek new employment opportunities.

We have a permanent educational exhibit, developed in partnership with the Legacy of Hope Foundation to provide students and community an opportunity to learn about history through the eyes of Aboriginal people.

grizzly bear box of hopeOur innovative programs incorporate traditional Aboriginal cultural practices, sharing the stories, ceremonies and teachings that were lost during the history of colonization and the residential school program. Our Traditional parenting, healing with culture and supporting children and youth programs are examples of best practices we are sharing across the nation.

Our Working Hope and Project s.t.e.p.  program is an example of collaboration with other providers in Ottawa to create better outcomes for aboriginal youth facing mental health and addiction issues.

We are focusing on education, research & training:

  •  Expand and grow our Culture as Treatment symposiums
  • Provide a full complement of community health education and prevention strategies for clients.
  • Work with medical schools to educate new graduates so that they can apply Wabano’s model across Canada.
  • Welcome internships and elective rotations for doctors, nurses and midwives from other centres so that they can witness the value of our culture in the healing process.
  • Collaborate and associate with major research efforts to address pressing Aboriginal health concerns such as fetal alcohol syndrome, violence within the population, and growing rates of diabetes.

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