Welcome to the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre

The Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre is a community based, Aboriginal controlled, Primary Care service that combines western curative care with traditional Ojibway healing philosophies and practices. The Access Centre provides clinical, social, health promotion and preventive services, as well as, access to traditional Ojibway healers.

The Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre, located in the heart of the Fort Frances Tribal Area and the Rainy River District, is the result of a unique partnership between area First Nations, the United Native Friendship Centre and the Sunset Country Metis.

GHAC Building



The Access Centre will be closed for Treaty Signing Day Monday, October 4, 2021. 

The Centre will reopen for normal hours on Tuesday, October 5, 2021.


The September 2021 newsletter is out!  To see what is happening at the Access Centre, please click on the link below.



Truth and Reconciliation Poster

National Indigenous Peoples Day

In Canada, June 21 is known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples.  The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal Peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs. In co-operation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on, or near, this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

June was declared National Indigenous History Month in 2009, following the passing of a unanimous motion in the Canadian House of Commons. This provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and their promise for the future.

Every June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month, which is an opportunity to honour the heritage, contributions and cultures of First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada.

All Canadians are invited to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st each year.



For accurate, up to date information on the COVID-19 Pandemic, please check the following websites:

 Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care COVID 19 Site

Northwestern Health Unit

Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Public Health Ontario

Health Canada

COVID-19 Transmission




Watch our video to learn more about the Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre

GHAC Promotional Video


If you are interested on what a nurse practitioner can do for you, click on the link below.

Nurse Practitioners



2015 Aboriginal Health Access Centres Report

GHAC Client Experience Survey
We are currently conducting a Client Experience Survey to better meet the needs of our clients. All Information is provided voluntarily and will remain confidential.