"Improving accessibility, comprehensiveness, coordination,

continuity and accountability of primary health care services."

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Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services


Our vision aptly describes how the Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services Board oversees both N’Mninoeyaa Aboriginal Health Access Centre and the Baawaating Family Health Team to deliver quality primary and therapeutic health care to all individuals in its member communities as well as the urban aboriginal population residing in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.  Our health board consists of three (3) First Nations Chief & Council members who also serve as the Executive Committee for Mamaweswen, the North Shore Tribal Council. 

We provide services on an outreach and collaborative basis to eleven (11) First Nation communities and one (1) Indian Friendship Centre through our N’Mninoeyaa Health Access Centre.  We also manage our own Family Health Clinic agency for our west end clients.  Our First Nation communities include Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Sagamok Anishnawbek, Serpent River First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Thessalon First Nation, Garden River First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, Michipicoten First Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation, Chapleau Ojibwe First Nation, and Brunswick House First Nation. Baawaating Family Health Clinic provides services primarily to our off Reserve population residing in Sault Ste. Marie as well as to non-Aboriginal local residents.


Maamwesying means “the act of working as one” in Ojibway.  The vision of our agency is Maamwesying kina gweyahn N’minobimaadizing which means “Working as One for the Wellbeing of All”.


Working with our community partners to provide accessible, quality, culturally safe, and holistic health care that support and enhance the wellness of individuals, families and communities. 


The organization’s mandate is to:

  • Improve accessibility, comprehensiveness, coordination, continuity and accountability of primary health care programs and services.
  • Increase client participation in their health care.
  • To ensure client access to Traditional Healers/Elders for those who request such services and to other Traditional Healing/ Health activities.


Operating principles are deeply held convictions, assumptions or priorities that influence the attitudes and behaviours within an organization.  They describe what the organization stands for and why it does what it does.

  • Client, Family and Community Centered – Clients, families, and communities guide the direction of services built on trusting relationships.
  • Culturally Safe – Attitudes, skills and behaviours are reflective of local Anishnabek values, practices and traditions to ensure that clients feel safe when accessing services.
  • Diversity – The diversity of communities is recognized and respected, and services are accessible to all.
  • Holistic – Holistic health care is available in accordance with the teachings of the medicine wheel.
  • Partnerships – Partnerships are forged to deliver effective services that meet client, family and community needs.
  • Quality of Care – The highest level of care is driven by quality improvement, evidence based decision making and enabling technologies.