An Evaluation of Naotkamegwanning First Nation’s Wiisokotaatiwin Pilot Program (PDF) documents the program implementation, reports on the accountability / successes and assesses the value of the program. The Wiisokotaatiwin program was designed to care for people who were very sick in Naotkamegwanning and provide community members with options o receive care at home by allowing for services and supports to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With funding from the North West Local Health Integration Network (NW LHIN) for enhanced resources and service delivery within the community, the program was piloted for 10 months (November 2014 – August 2015).

A Framework to Guide Policy and Program Development for Palliative Care in First Nations Communities (PDF) document provides an integrated approach to addressing the gaps in palliative care services in First Nations communities.

The Recommendations to Improve Quality and Access to End-of-Life Care in First Nations Communities: Policy Implications from the Improving End-of-Life Care in First Nations Communities research project (PDF) document proposes recommendations to advance the Pan Canadian Strategy for palliative care to adequately and equitably meet with need of First Nations people.

On February 7, 2013, the Translating Indigenous Knowledge into Palliative Care Policy & Practice dissemination meeting, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), was hosted by the Six Nations Palliative Care Leadership Team. The meeting was attended by seven (7) members of the research team, thirteen (13) members representing the First Nations community partners, and forty-four (44) key decision makers from various organizations representing regional, provincial, and national health services.

Please follow the link below for the dissemination report:
Translating Indigenous Knowledge into Palliative Care Policy and Practice Dissemination Meeting Report (PDF)

The purpose of this research was to identify direct care services that the Ontario government provides to individuals who are designated as palliative and live in First Nations communities (on-reserve). The research also sought to document some innovative practices in Ontario for providing access to palliative care services in First Nations communities, specifically exploring: the policies and practices that determine the service arrangements for palliative care patients who reside in First Nations communities, how this provision of care is initiated and managed by service agencies, and how off-reserve and on-reserve service agencies coordinate service provision.

Please follow the link below for the full report:
Provision of Palliative Care to Ontario First Nations Communities: An environmental scan of Ontario Health Care Providers Organizations (PDF)

Community Needs Assessments

The following reports present the results from the community needs assessments conducted in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Fort William First Nation, Naotkamegwanning First Nation, and Peguis First Nation from mid 2011 to late 2012. An Aboriginal Community Facilitator interviewed and surveyed community members about understandings and experiences in providing palliative care; perceived barriers and supports; education and program needs; along with external health care providers input.