Indigenous, Métis Populations

The NSM LHIN continues to work in partnership to advance Indigenous, Métis health initiatives that help to increase access and improve coordination of health programs and services for Indigenous, Métis people in Simcoe County.

Over the past 10 years, the NSM LHIN has engaged with hundreds of Indigenous, Métis leadership, communities and health services providers. The outcomes of these engagements are reflected in the LHIN’s Healthy People. Excellent Care. One System and its responsibilities under the Local Health System Integration Act, 2006

The NSM LHIN relies on the expertise of its Aboriginal Health Circle (AHC) to guide its work to better meet the health care needs of Indigenous, Métis peoples of Simcoe County.   AHC is comprised of 18 member seats and a three person Aboriginal Health Secretariat. It advises the LHIN on health service priorities, opportunities for engagement, and better coordination of services within Indigenous, Métis urban and rural communities.

 Some positive changes have occurred in several communities including:

  • First Nation for an Indigenous/Métis patient navigator to support, advocate, facilitate and coordinate access for Indigenous patients and their families;
  • Provided base funding to First Nation community to support a transportation program and expand its existing meals on wheels and adult day programs.

NSM LHIN Indigenous Communities

Beausoleil medicine wheel   Beausoleil First Nation
Moose Deer Point circle with images in middle   
 Moose Deer Point First Nation

 Chippewas of Rama sun with deer in middle  Chippewas of Rama First Nation  Wahta Mohawks logo tree with animals around it  Wahta Mohawks First Nation

LHIN-Funded Indigenous Health Service Providers

Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle logo   Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle
 Enaahtig healing lodge and learning centre logo  Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre

Indigenous, Métis Population Profile of NSM LHIN

The NSM LHIN is a culturally and linguistically vibrant and distinct region.  According to the 2011 census, there are 18,300 Aboriginals in the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN comprising almost 4.2 per cent of the total population; the third largest number of Aboriginals, by region, in the province.

Based on population, the largest proportion of Indigenous, Métis in North Simcoe Muskoka live in the North Simcoe sub-region (Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay), with Barrie and Couchiching also showing significant numbers.

NSM LHIN Sub-Region

Total Population 

Total Aboriginal Population

% of Population Aboriginal

Barrie and Area 




Couchiching (Orillia & Area)








North Simcoe (Midland/Penetanguishene & Area)




South Georgian Bay




Based on 2011 census data.

Provincial LHIN Aboriginal Leads

Each LHIN has a dedicated staff Lead to facilitate Indigenous, Métis engagement and planning, together forming a community of practice called the Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network (PALN).

The scope of the PALN is to facilitate cross-LHIN collaboration, communication and knowledge sharing through bi-monthly Network meetings and one annual event.


For more information on Indigenous, Métis planning and services, please contact Tina Christman, Indigenous, Métis Health Lead at or 705-326-7750 Ext. 3240.