Health & Social Services

Hiawatha L.I.F.E. Services

Life Building

Located at 431 Hiawatha Line 10, the building was established and opened in 1999. The L.I.F.E. Services Centre is home to Health and Social Programs for Hiawatha First Nation, the community’s Child Care Centre, as well as showcasing the War Memorial Monument to honor our community members who have served. It also houses the Elders Room, where community Elders can come sit, meet and relax in a comfortable setting.

Please call main reception at (705) 295-4421 if you have any questions regarding the L.I.F.E. Centre, Child Care or any of the following programs offered here.

Main Receptionist

      • Answer main phone line and transfer calls to appropriate staff
      • Greet and direct people to appropriate staff
      • Photo copying for staff and members (for a fee)
      • Coordinate publication of monthly Community Newsletter
      • Looks after the Video/Books Resource Lending Library
      • Book appointments for Natural Health Care, Massage, Healers, Activities and Events (as per the Participation Policy)
      • Booking for Lower Hall and Ball Diamond (Rental rates are available when calling)

For more information contact Donna Paudash
Phone: 705-295-4421


Health & Social Management

            • Link between program funding, Council & Staff
            • Fasting Camps
            • Traditional Teachings
            • Mental Health Services

For more information contact Tina Howard, Health & Social Services Manager- or Julie Thompson, Health & Social Services Assistant –

Social Services Administrator

            • Homemaking Program
            • Social Assistance/Ontario Works
            • Federal Family Violence Initiative
            • National Child Benefit Reinvestment Initiative
            • Federal Disability Initiative
            • Dance Outfit Making

For more information contact Cindy Currie.
Phone: 705-295-4421

Child & Youth Welfare Prevention Worker

            • Information and Awareness Nights and Workshops
            • Recreational Family & Youth Activities
            • Community Youth Centre
            • Local Agency Networking
            • Assistance and Advocacy with Respect to Child Protection Matters (working with Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Aid Society)

For more information contact:
Phone: 705-295-4421

Community Support Worker

Through the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness, Brighter Futures and Building Healthy Communities Programs we are able to provide family violence services, referrals, support and case management to clients to address existing and emerging health, healing and wellness as well supports and encourages the healthy growth and development of children and their families. Organizes and facilitate’s community activities such as: Community Kitchen, The Grey Squirrels,Men’s Group, Men’s Kitchen, Nannies and the YMCA Program.

              • Support for traditional ceremonies
              • Peer support and counseling
              • Provide advocacy for services, ie: Housing, Court , CAS
              • Help clients with paperwork: court ordered, support payments, S.I.N., Birth Certificates etc.
              • Referring clients to outside and Aboriginal Agencies for additional supports
              • Attend appointments or home visits with clients/provide transportation when required
Important Phone Numbers:
              • Childrens Aid Society: 705-743-9751
              • Family Law Info Clinic: 705-876-6915
              • Peterborough Family Resource Centre: 705-748-9144
              • Peterborough Native Housing: 705-743-1728
              • Anishnawbe Health: 416-920-2605
              • Niijkiwendidaa: 705-741-0900
              • Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre: 705-775-0387
              • Otonabee-South Monaghan Food Cupboard: 705-295-6952
24 Hour Crisis/Support Lines
              • Anishnaabe Kwewag Gamig Regional Women’s Shelter: 1-800-388-5171
              • O.P.P. : 1-888-310-1122
              • Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre: 1-866-298-7778
              • Peterborough/Northumberland Victims Services: 1-888-822-3757
              • Y.M.C.A. Crossroads Safety Network: 1-800-461-7656
              • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1-866-863-0511

Contact Kelli Lackey for more information.
Phone: 705-295-4421

Healthy Alternatives Worker

              • Addictions Awareness and Education
              • Peer Counseling
              • Referrals to outside agencies for further support
              • Mom’s & Tot’s Group

Contact Victoria Heard for more information.
Phone: 705-295-4421

Community Health Representative

All coverage for members through Non Insured Health Benefits have guidelines/criteria set out by First Nation & Inuit Health, such as limited use prescription medication and getting approval for such medications, funding limits on eyeglasses and dental work.

All Non Insured Health Benefits (General Information & Questions – 1-800-640-0642)
              • Medical Travel (local & long distance)
              • Eyeglasses
              • Dental – (1-888-283-8885) – Orthodontics – (1-866-227-0943)
              • Prescription Medication
              • Short Term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling
              • Medical Supplies & Equipment (thru NIHB program)
              • Assist with reimbursements and appeals where applicable
Other areas/programs for CHR:
              • First Aid/CPR course
              • Annual Rabies Clinic
              • Injury Prevention Initiatives (include programs with HFN police such as Bike Rodeo)
              • Any questions regarding fitness centre & trainers
              • Diabetes Education – (SOADI – 705-527-1560)
              • HIV/AIDS Education
              • Youth Sexual Health Fair
              • Foot Care Clinics

Contact Lynn Wilford for more information.
Phone: 705-295-4421

Community Health Nurse

              • Provide Community Health Nursing programs and services to the community
              • Provide resources or referrals when necessary.
Programs and Services:
              • Provide office or home visits for preventative health care to all members.
              • Conduct assessments in conjunction with the Home and Community Care Program.
              • Conduct after care services when required.
              • Provide health promotion and injury prevention workshops.
              • Organize family focused community health clinics.
              • Provide communicable disease information and immunizations to the community.
              • Provide pre-natal and post-natal services with the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program
Important Phone Numbers:
              • Peterborough County City Health Unit: 705-743-1000
              • Health Care Connect (helps people find a family doctor): 1-800-445-1822
              • Day Clinic: 705-740-6880
              • Peterborough Regional Health Centre: 705-743-2121
              • Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
              • Central East Community Care Access Centre: 705-743-2212
              • Ontario Poison Centre: 1-800-268-9017 or 416-813-5900
              • Sexual Health Clinic: 705-748-2021
              • Women’s Health Care Centre: 705-743-4132
              • Telecare Distress Centre: 705-745-2273 (24 hours)
              • Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabe-Kwewag Services Circle: 705-741-0900
              • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (24 hours)

For a complete listing of health agencies and services within Peterborough County view the Peterborough Health Services Directory PDF

Contact Lori Webster for more information.
Phone: 705-295-4421

Wholistic Health Coordinator

Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children:
              • Aboriginal families with children prenatal to 6 years of age
              • Home visits – monthly basis or when requested
              • Intake and information gathering of families
              • Development of a family support (if needed)
              • Provide information and education to the family
              • Record baby’s weight at every visit
              • Service coordination and referrals (when needed)
              • Aboriginal cultural approaches will be reflected or used as a part of the activities
Mental Health:

The focus of the Mental Health Program is: At-risk or high-risk children/youth and their families.

              • Making referrals to specialist or other appropriate programmes
              • Provide Traditional participant-based activities/Workshops
              • Provide youth with education on bulling, self-esteem, anxiety, eating disorder and body image
              • Provide peer counselling
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder:
              • Awareness and Prevention: Increase community awareness of how FASD affects the person, the family and the community
              • Any client diagnosed with FASD will have wholistic care within the community
              • Linking programs with Hiawatha First Nation, other First Nations and urban organizations that deal with FASD
              • Providing the community with the importance of proper childhood nutrition during community kitchens
              • To provide the community with FASD information at community events.(health topic)
              • Making referrals to specialist or other appropriate programmes
              • To hold a FASD Dinner and Speaker once a year
              • To provide our Youth with a presentation on FASD
Early Childhood Development:
              • Programs/services are focused on children 0-6
              • Supporting parents with children 0-6
              • Teach about the importance of healthy foods
              • Supports the role of parents and family as primary teachers and care-givers, helps to strengthen parenting skills and knowledge
              • Home visits – Once a month or when requested
              • Activities to encourage family interaction, literacy, child development
              • Provide support to children and families affected by FASD
              • Provide education on awareness of alcohol during pregnancy
              • Linking with the Community Nurse for support

Contact Debbie Howard for more information.
Phone: 705-295-4421