Emotional Wellness Therapists are available to support the emotional and social needs of clients and family members dealing with illness, chronic disease, or other issues affecting overall health. In addition to offering trauma-informed counselling and EMDR therapy, cultural coordinators are available to ensure that care meets individual needs.

Group sessions and education can be designed to support proactive stress management, and promote emotional wellness.

Each interprofessional team includes a therapist who addresses mental and emotional wellbeing as a key part of primary health care.

Emotional Wellness Therapists also provide assessment, treatment, and management of more complex issues including trauma recovery. The therapists also facilitate access to specialized services including psychiatry through collaborative partnerships and virtual options.

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Outpatient/Self-Care Hostel

Affordable accommodation and support for individuals and families requiring access to Lake of the Woods District Hospital or other Kenora medical services for medical reasons are provided as needed.

Accommodations include private rooms and shared accommodations, as well as a lounge area and a kitchen. Laundry facilities are also available.

Some of the situations for which accommodation is available:


Patient scheduled for early morning appointment or unable to return home immediately after discharge.


Transition from inpatient to home care after hospitalization for acute illness.


Parent or guardian whose child is receiving medical treatment.


Authorized escorts accompanying patients from distant areas.


Relative supporting seriously ill family member.

Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information or to book a room:

CALL 1-888-MYWNHAC (699-6422) EXT. 400

FAX (807) 467-8341


Language interpretation, advocacy, and referrals to a wide range of services including traditional healing and primary health care are also available through this program.

A Transition Facilitator is available through the hostel to support people in their healthcare journey by facilitating transitions between various levels of care across the system and working to integrate health and social support services.

The goal of this role is to improve health outcomes by enabling seamless access to continuous wholistic and comprehensive care, especially for people moving into and out of hospital care. The position is therefore located within the hostel program.

The Transition Facilitator connects people with the health and social services they need to achieve positive health outcomes.

The role addresses system level challenges around transitions in care for people discharged from a regional facility to a First Nation or local community, and bridges gaps between traditional and western approaches to health and healing to achieve, equitable access and high quality, culturally safe care.

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Healing Lodge

Waashkootsi Nanaandawe’iyewigamig Healing Lodge provides a culture-based, residential healing program intended to break the cycles of violence, abuse, and addictions by addressing underlying causes and developing knowledge and skills that support healthy lifestyles.

The 28-day Mitiigomish Healing Program follows the moon cycle, and incorporates traditional ceremonies and cultural teachings, alongside contemporary supportive counselling, education, and referral services. The program supports participants to heal from personal and intergenerational trauma, address issues of shame, anger, grief and loss, and develop the knowledge and skills to support healthy lifestyles.

This program is delivered by a team that includes Emotional Wellness Counsellors, Emotional Wellness Workers, and Client Support Workers, supported by members of the interprofessional care teams. The team supports clients in their healing journeys through group facilitation, individual support, and counselling in group and one-to-one settings.

Outreach services including workshops are also available. Contact the Program Coordinator at 1-888-MYWNHAC for a program schedule, to obtain detailed information about program content, or to obtain an intake package and/or program handbook. 


Youth Program

The Agichi’giizhigoonsag Program is a land-based program designed for youth aged 12-18 who are interested in learning about and participating in Anishinaabe cultural practices and teachings.

Land-based activities include spring and fall feasts, nature walks, canoeing, snaring, and medicine identification, harvesting, and processing. There is also the opportunity for participation in ceremonies, mentorship, and obtaining community hours.

The program is staffed by a dedicated therapist and counsellor, and supported by the broad array of WNHAC resources.

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