Whitefish River First Nation

Site: Health Clinic

Service: Mental Health and Addictions Program

Description & Services
Public Comments Tribal Council: United Chiefs & Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) 
Political Territorial Organization: Union of Ontario Indians (UOI) 
Robinson-Huron Treaty
Description (Service)
  • Provides voluntary support and services to assist individuals who are struggling with mental health issues and/or addictions issues 
  • Implements policies and procedures established by the Mnaamodzawin Health Services Mental Health Team
Services offered but not limited to, include the following:
  • Alcohol, drug and gambling assessments 
  • Counselling for individuals, couples and families 
  • Smoking cessation 
  • Relapse prevention and aftercare 
  • Community based treatment services 
  • Referrals to residential treatment
Health Promotion 
  • Presentations and workshops related to mental health and addictions 
  • Support groups 
  • Educational resources 
  • Community activities and events 
  • Liaison to other resources 
  • Referrals
Mental Health 
  • Assessments as deemed appropriate 
  • Counselling for individuals, couples and families 
  • Referrals to psychiatry
Hours Sep-Jun: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4:30 pm 
Jul-Aug: Mon-Fri 8 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm
Areas Served Whitefish River First Nation
Eligibility Adult Services 
  • Must be a Whitefish River First Nation resident or family member 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Must require some form of mental health/addiction services
Child and Youth Services 
  • Must be between 0-18 years of age and a member of Whitefish River First Nation 
  • Must require some form of mental health/addiction services 
  • Must have parents or legal guardian consent when appropriate 
  • Must be able to consent voluntarily to services (if appropriate)
  • Requires initial intake 
  • Open to referrals from other service agencies/providers but recommends initial contact from individual on a voluntary basis
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Ojibway, available upon request
Fees None
Additional Service Sites
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-285-4354
Fax 705-285-1440
E-Mail healthreception@whitefishriver.ca
Website www.whitefishriver.ca
Primary Contact Cathy McGregor, Health Centre Receptionist; Email: cathym@whitefishriver.ca
Primary Executive Genny Jacko, Mental Health and Addictions Worker; Email: gennyj@whitefishriver.ca
Alternate Executive Craig Abotossaway, Child and Youth Mental Health Counsellor; Email: craig.abotossaway@noojmowin-teg.ca
Site Location Community is in village of Birch Island off Hwy 6 just N of Manitoulin Island, 20 kms N of LIttle Current and 68 km SW of Sudbury
Located In Community Whitefish River First Nation
Address 17-B Rainbow Ridge Rd
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
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Intersection Rainbow Ridge Rd and Bay of Islands Rd
Mailing Address c/o Mental Health and Addictions 
PO Box 188 
Birch Island, ON P0P 1A0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government ; (50) Non Profit
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC); North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN) ; Federal - Health Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)