Our History

Wabano is the Ojibwe word meaning ‘new beginnings’

In the early 1990’s, Indigenous communities identified the required solution to alarming health and well-being statistics among Indigenous people: Indigenous-led, culturally-based health centres. In 1994, the Province of Ontario took a bold step and provided communities with the authority and support to act on their proposal to create specialized Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHACs). Built between 1995 and 2000, 10 AHAC’s have been established across the province with each one reflecting the specific needs and led by members of the Indigenous community.

In just over a decade, Wabano has become an award-winning health care facility in Canada, garnering international recognition. Each year, Wabano provides professional services and cultural events to over 15,000 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people – opening their doors to serve and build capacity in the entire community.