A Journey to Loving Herself Again

Carolyn came to Anishnawbe Health Toronto for primary care over the years, particularly for physiotherapy and chiropractic services related to her severe arthritis but it wasn't until she sought help for her substance abuse that she found support to get her on the best path forward with Aboriginal Mental health and Addiction (AMHA)

Carolyn was born and raised in Toronto to a British father and a mother from Listuguj Mi'gmaq Traditional Territory (Quebec).  When Carolyn's mother was born she was unable to be in the care of her mother so she was raised by grandmother, who died when mother was five-years-old.  Her mother was then 

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The Krawczyk Family Foundation Contributes Lead Donation to the
Campaign for a New Anishnawbe Health

Traditional Healer - Pete Keshane, Waash-Keshuu-Yaan Unit Coordinator - Melissa Stevenson, Alex Krawczyk, Brad Krawczyk, Rona Krawczyk, Community Health Worker Training Program Student - Francis Judge

Two things surprised Alexandra and Brad Krawczyk when they had first heard about the campaign for a new Anishnawbe Health Toronto health centre. First, they were surprised to find out that the new health centre was not already completely funded and second, that in Canada, less than 1% of charitable donations support Indigenous initiatives. The Krawczyk Family Foundation is working to change this narrative by investing in the campaign to build a new health centre and reclaim traditional healing practices for the Indigenous Community in Toronto. With their amazing pledge of $2 million to the campaign, this family because the lead donor to Anishnawbe Health Foundation’s campaign.
“Our family is honoured to be involved with this vital campaign to support healing and reconciliation in our city,” said Alex and Brad. “Through Alex’s work as a public health nurse, we have seen first-hand the work that Anishnawbe Health Toronto does to address the barriers to good health including poverty, homelessness and trauma.” 
Click here to read more about The Krawczyk Family and hear Alex in her own words.

2020 Indspire Award Recipient - Law & Justice
Marian Jacko, AHT Board President

Congratulations to Anishnawbe Health Toronto Board President, Marian Jacko. Marian has been named the recipient of the 2020 Indspire Award for her contributions to Law and Justice. The Indspire Award is one of the highest honours for Indigenous peoples.

Marian has spent her legal career working on behalf of children and Indigenous peoples and is currently the Children’s Lawyer for Ontario – the first Indigenous female lawyer to serve in this capacity.  

Chi Miigwetch Marian for all you do for Anishnawbe Health and the Indigenous Community.


Dr. Chandrakant Shah to be Honoured with Honorary Degree from University of Toronto

Congratulations to Anishnawbe Health Toronto Honorary Consulting Physician and Founding Anishnawbe Health Foundation Board Member, Dr. Chandrakant Shah, on the announcement that he will be conferred with an honorary degree from the University of Toronto later this spring.

Dr. Shah is recognized for his outstanding service for the public good, as a pioneering leader in public health education in Canada, a tireless advocate for Indigenous peoples and a champion of equity and inclusion. He is a practising physician and a professor emeritus at U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

In addition, two leaders in the Indigenous community are also being conferred with honorary degrees. Congratulations to Harry LaForme and Douglas Cardinal. LaForme is the first Indigenous judge in Canadian history to be appointed to an appellate court and Cardinal is a world-renowned architect and pioneer in sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning.

Traditional Teaching - The Four Sacred Medicines

At Anishnawbe Health Toronto, traditional sacred medicines are intertwined with primary care, teachings and programming. The four sacred medicines are sweet grass, tobacco, sage and cedar and they are considered a gift from the Creator. These medicines are used in everyday life and in ceremonies.  All of them can be used to smudge with, though sage, cedar and sweet grass also have many other uses.

Tobacco is the first plant that the Creator gave to the Indigenous people and it is the main activator of all the plant spirits.  It is said that tobacco sits in the eastern door, sweetgrass in the southern door, sage in the west and cedar in the north. Elders say that the spirits like the aroma produced when we burn tobacco and the other sacred medicines.

Adapted from Anishnawbe Health Toronto's "Sacred Four Medicines" Brochure.  To read and download the complete brochure click here.


Photo: Stantec and Two Row Architects

Momentum is Building for the New Anishnawbe Health Toronto Health Centre

Momentum is building for Anishnawbe Health's Hub project. BlogTO recently featured the new complex coming to the Corktown neighborhood and set to break ground in 2020.

The mix-use hub will not only house the new Anishnawbe Health Toronto but will also feature residential units, offices and retail space.  

To see the lastest renderings and read more about this amazing project click here.


Anishnawbe Health Foundation Board Members
Andre Morriseau and Cherie Brant on 106.5 elmnt fm

In December, Andre Morriseau and Cherie Brant were guests with Moment of Truth Host, David Moses.  The two discussed the successes of the campaign for the new health centre as well as the overwhelming community support.

To listen to the broadcast and read more about Anishnawbe Health in the news Click Here




4th Annual June Reception & Auction - June 3, 2020

Save the date and mark your calendars for the 4th Annual June Reception & Auction in support of Anishnawbe Health Foundation - Co-Chaired by Kelly Rodgers and Alain Bartleman.  Since 2016, this yearly event has raised over $130,000.

The event was initiated by a group of volunteers from our generous hosts: Beutel Goodman, Fiera Capital, Guardian Capital, Leith Wheeler, Lincluden, Ridgewood and Rodgers Investment Consulting.

You won't want to miss this exceptional opportunity to enjoy the best in Indigenous cuisine and culture. Stay tuned for further details or contact Angela (416) 920-2605 x 552 or email



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