Public Health Education

The goals of the Public Health Education Department at Nishnawbe Aski First Nation are to improve health in NAN northern communities. Through research, education, training, and funding for community based programs NAN communities are given the tools and resources to improve daily life in remote communities.


The Public Health Education Department is categorized by the following programs and initiatives:

  • Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children Program
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Child Nutrition Program
  • Healthy Life Styles Program
  • Responsible Gambling Program
  • NAN Food Strategy Initiative
  • Children’s Special Needs and FASD Strategy Initiative
  • Food Distribution Feasibility Study Initiative


The NAN Public Health Education department administers support to forty nine First Nation Communities in the following ways:

  • Breastfeeding and parenting programs
  • Birth registration
  • FASD support and education
  • HIV/AIDS education and access to resources
  • Hepatitis C and Tuberculous education and the risks associated with unsafe lifestyle choices
  • Education regarding problem gambling and access to education and resources
  • Food security and locally produced food
  • Community kitchens and gardens
  • Support to improve services for children and youth with special needs and their families
  • Funding for community based programs


The Nishnawbe Aski First Nation Public Health Education department has international recognition for the development and implementation of the Responsible Gambling Program in First Nation communities. The department continues to assist in developing and formulating policy, procedures, and programs to best enhance the life of community members. Through ongoing research, data collection and community outreach workers it strives to improve the quality of life, and offer support for all NAN communities.