Who We Are

One of ten Aboriginal Health Access Centres (AHAC), the award-winning Wabano Centre provides a wide range of medical clinics, social services and support, and youth programs for Ottawa’s 40,000+ Indigenous people.

All services are based on implementing best practices for community health care, and Wabano also incorporates the teachings, culture, and traditions of Indigenous people. This unique approach is what makes Wabano special.


Established in the National Capital Region in 1998, the mandate of the Wabano Centre is to prevent ill health, treat illness, and provide support and aftercare programming. Our services are offered in a culturally sensitive way that welcomes, accepts and represents all Indigenous peoples.


The Wabano Centre is an urban health centre that:

  1. Provides quality, holistic, culturally relevant health services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities of Ottawa;
  2. Engages in clinical, social, economic and cultural initiatives that promote the health of all Aboriginal people;
  3. Promotes community-building through education and advocacy; and,
  4. Serves as a centre of excellence for urban Aboriginal health.

Vision Statement

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

Canadian charitable number: 873580690-RR0001