Healing & Community Wellness

Our Mandate
The Department of Healing and Community Wellness shall be responsible for improving the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being of Tłı̨chǫ citizens, strengthening Tłı̨chǫ concepts of healing and wellness, and connecting them to contemporary systems and structures.

Our Vision
Every Tłı̨chǫ citizen and family enjoys good health and well-being in connection with their language, culture, and way of life and feels supported within their community.

What is the Tłı̨chǫ Healing Path?
Hotıì ts’eeda is a powerful Tłı̨chǫ Yatıì concept that refers to bringing people together in a state of wholistic well-being and harmony, which contributes to good health. Whereas western ideas about health focus on preventing and managing illness, a Tłı̨chǫ model of healing and wellness involves living well in relationship with our communities, the animals, the Land and the Creator.

As Tłı̨chǫ people, we are made stronger by our language, culture and way of life. 

Strategic Goals  
A Tłı̨chǫ model of healing and wellness involves living well in relationship with our communities, the animals, the Land and the Creator. Tłı̨chǫ leadership is needed to ensure we are guided by Gonàowòo (Our Knowledge). Together with the Tłı̨chǫ Government and Tłı̨chǫ Community Services Agency, there are crucial roles to be played by our Elders, youth, community organizations, schools, and other partners. By walking the healing path together, we will be better able to create coordinated services and systems that wrap around clients and families in need of support.

We have identified six trail markers, or goals, to guide us over the next 10 years.

  1. Trail Marker #1: Improve access to appropriate care
  2. Trail Marker #2: Support community priorities and leadership
  3. Trail Marker #3: Strengthen our organization
  4. Trail Marker #4: Coordinate systems and partnership
  5. Trail Marker #5: Communicate and engage with Tłı̨chǫ̨ citizens
  6. Trail Marker #6: Learn from research

We believe these trail markers present a way forward that is ambitious but also realistic and grounded in the stories and priorities of Tłı̨chǫ citizens. We will monitor and evaluate our progress so that we can continuously learn what we are doing well and what we can do better.

Over time, we will replace the story of addictions with a truly Tłı̨chǫ story of unity, love and connection with culture. Knowing that every person’s walk on the healing path will be unique, we commit to walking together and supporting one another with respect and humility.

Department Staff by Community





Jordan's Principle Program

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have.

Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. 

The program provides services such as:

  • Products & Services
  • Speech Therapy
  • Vision & Dental
  • Respite Services
  • Mental Health
  • & More

To process your requests faster, use the fillable PDF application and send to the coordinators before you book an appointment. 

Download Fillable Application: Jordans Principle Request Form Fillable.pdf

For more information on Jordan's Principle, and to apply for services,  please contact:

Gail Whane
Jordans Principle Coordinator
Behchokǫ̀ Wellness Office
Tel: (867) 492-4058
Email: [email protected]

Rosella Sewi
Jordans Principle Coordinator
Whatì Wellness Office
Tel: (867) 392-6381 ext: 1422
Email: [email protected]

For more information on Jordans Principal, please visit - https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1568396042341/1568396159824