Indigenous Health Committee

The South West LHIN is focused on long-term relationship building with local Indigenous communities. We are committed to working together, where appropriate and possible, to increase First Nation, Inuit and Métis population health outcomes. In all areas of operation, the South West LHIN has sought the advice and guidance of Indigenous communities and health service providers.

The South West Indigenous Health Committee meets bi-monthly and serves as an advisory Committee to the South West LHIN on the following topics:

  • Health needs and priorities within Indigenous Communities (First Nation, Métis, Urban and Rural). 
  • Opportunities for the integration and coordination of health care services where applicable. 
  • Opportunities for alignment with existing Indigenous/First Nation/ Métis regional, provincial and federal health planning structures to improve health outcomes. 
  • Opportunities for alignment with existing mainstream health programs and services determined by Aboriginal community and/or Indigenous Health Service Providers (HSPs). 
  • Targeted engagements with specific Indigenous populations as it pertains to the work of the South West LHIN and the needs of those populations.

When providing advice to the South West LHIN for planning and health priorities, the Indigenous Health Committee will consider also the resolution of long standing systemic gaps and barriers to quality health care (for example, jurisdictional wrangling, poverty, systemic racism, poorer socio-economic status, gender, levels of isolation, intergenerational trauma and the legacy of residential schools). The Indigenous Health Committee will gather relevant health system information, health status information and data, where available and/or appropriate.  

This Committee works in partnership with Indigenous health service providers, First Nation, urban Indigenous and Métis leadership, Indigenous communities, mainstream health service providers and the South West LHIN to:

  • Increase cross-cultural understanding. 
  • Increase culturally safe care. 
  • Improve equitable access to care. 
  • Improve the patient experience. 
  • Improve quality of care. 
  • Improve the interface between western and traditional methods and approaches to treatment and care. 
  • Improve quality and availability of reliable health information and data for the purposes of health planning as determined by Indigenous communities and partners. 

Committee members




Howard Elijah


Elder and Traditional Advisor

Raymond Deleary
Atlohsa Native Family Healing Services Inc.
Director of Operations
Arlene Chegano Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Health Director
Joss Ann Russell-Taylor
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation  Elected Councillor

Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Health Administrator

Kimberly Fisher

Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Health Centre

Health Administrator

Heather Nicholas  Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Health Centre  Health Nurse/Program Manager 
Vacant Great Lakes Métis Council

Renee Abram

M’Wikwedong Native Cultural Centre

Executive Director

Tyler Waddilove Munsee-Delaware Nation Council Member
Marley Fisher Munsee-Delaware Nation Council Member

Laurel Day

N’Amerind Friendship Centre

Life Long Care Worker

Mark French Nimkee Nupigawagan Healing Centre
Executive Director
Maureen Kelly
Oneida Long Term Care Home
Administrator/Director of Care
Barb Antone
Oneida Long Term Care Home
Activities Manager

Ida Cornelius

Oneida Nation of the Thames

Health Administrator

Bill Hill
Parkwood Institute; SJHCL
Indigenous Practice Lead
Deanna Keeshig-Jones
Saugeen First Nation
Health Director
Cheree Urscheler
Saugeen First Nation Band Administrator
Renita Nawash
Mino Bimaadsawin Health Centre – Saugeen First Nation
Health Director
Joe Antone
Middlesex-London Health Unit
Manager of Health Equity and Indigenous Reconciliation
Amina Sogolj
South West LHIN
Finance and Allocation Business Partner 
Kristy McQueen   South West LHIN  Director, System Design, Integration and Digital Health 

Lynn Hinds

South West LHIN

Vice President, Strategy, System Design and Integration

Renato Discenza
South West LHIN
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Brian Dokis

Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

Executive Director

Deanna Guernsey
Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)
Regional Director – London & Middlesex
Danielle Wilson
Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)
Regional Director – Grey Bruce Region
Chantel Antone
South West Regional Cancer Program
Aboriginal Patient Navigator

Indigenous Health Committee's Terms of Reference