Health and Social Services
new Health Centre was opened on the Main Reserve in May, 1998, replacing the previous nursing station. The clinic is staffed by a doctor for one week out of every five, and by nurses year-round. Routine health care, like immunizations and dispensing of medications, is done at the health centre. For needs beyond the scope of the clinic, people travel to Winnipeg or Thunder Bay.
Medical vans with local drivers take people to appointments or to the hospital. The Pickle Lake ambulance services Mishkeegogamang. Severely ill patients are flown out of Pickle Lake by air ambulance. Phone: 807-928-2298
Home and Community Care
he Home & Community Care Program is a mandatory program funded by Health Canada to deliver health care services to the homes of the elderly and physically challenged. It was implemented by the government in 2000, but introduced to Mishkeegogamang in 2002.
We provide services to those clients who are knowingly and willing to receive services. Referrals may be made by concerned family members, friends, nurses, doctors, etc., as long as the client knows and is willing to receive these services.
Home Care is not there to take over responsibility of the family members, but to work with the family so that the health care needs are met for the client and to extend the option, for "long term care home" application, a year or so. Basically, we are there so that the client can stay in the home / community longer than to get sent to an elder's home.
Over the years, Home Care has participated in the recently introduced "Elders Tele-health Visit" via video conferencing. The elders very much enjoy their visits with other northern communities; during the visits, the elders have a chance to share their knowledge and experiences with others. Home Care provides a light lunch during the event which usually takes place the 3rd week (Thursdays) of every month.
The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Home & Community Care office is located in the Mishkeegogamang Health Centre.
You can also call the Health Centre's main line at to have one of the staff paged.
Pashkokogan Healing Lodge
ealing Lodge provides opportunity for family and cultural renewal.
The Pashkokogan Healing Lodge is located on the traditional territory of Mishkeegogamang First Nation on beautiful Lake Pashkokogan. It provides a 14-day family treatment program committed to supporting families in overcoming addictions and trauma and regaining a strong spiritual connection to the land.
Referrals to the program may be made by a nurse or doctor, Tikinagan Child and Family Services or other community services, or clients can apply to the program individually.
Mishkeegogamang has a long history of trauma stemming from colonial policies. In June 2000, a group was formed to begin addressing the impacts of these traumas and to start rebuilding the community. It was through this group that Pashkokogan Healing Lodge came into being. Some of the topics addressed at the Healing Lodge are the history of First Nations people, Ethno-Stress, Geno Grams, Indigenous healing practise, healing from trauma, and family roles. Counselling and sharing circles form an important part of the program.
The staff at the Healing Lodge includes a program manager, intake worker, case manager, program counsellors, youth counsellors and an elder.
The main building at the Lodge was donated by the Band; it was a school at one time before the community relocated to Osnaburgh. The main building has a conference and kitchen area and dining room. There are four log cabins suited for year-round comfort. The program can accommodate 5 families or 30 people in total, including children.
Clients that complete the program leave with a follow-up and aftercare plan. Referrals are made to existing services in their home communities to ensure they receive support and ongoing care. For more information on Pashkokogan Family Treatment Program, call (807) 828-2606
Pashkokogan Healing Lodge is committed to supporting families in overcoming their addictions, trauma and neglect by regaining a strong spiritual connection to the lands, its resources and potential for rebirth and to reflect those teachings in the family and community.