Nibi Network

“Nibi” is an Anishinabek word referring to all waters, including lakes, rivers, and rain.

In Progress

Indigenous Health

Solutions Networks

This is a Well Living House project. Housed at MAP, Well Living House is an action research centre for Indigenous infants, children, and their families’ health and well-being.

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Decolonizing Indigenous population health assessment and response in urban and related areas

The right to be counted is a human right and foundational to ensuring that Canada’s health and social services are equitably accessible to all.

However, Indigenous peoples are commonly left out, hidden, or under-counted in Canada’s social and information systems, such as the census.

These gaps in data are a major roadblock to planning and implementing health services and programs that address gaps in health equity for status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in urban Canada.

The Solution

For more than a decade, our network has been working with First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and urban Indigenous health service leaders and decision makers across Ontario. Together, we aim to ensure that all Indigenous peoples are counted — in a way that is culturally relevant and inclusive across geographies and nations.

The Nibi Network is a new strategic alliance that will continue this work of transforming the landscape of Indigenous health information in Canada. Our mission is to develop and implement new, Indigenous-determined models of health assessment and response, and to train the next generation of Indigenous health information leaders.

Indigenous Health

Solutions Networks

Dr. Janet Smylie

Dr. Smylie is the Director of the Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child, and Family Health and Wellbeing, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Advancing Generative Health Services for Indigenous Populations in Canada, and Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.


Contact Info

Genevieve Blais

Research Coordinator