North Spirit Lake Health Day

On December 4, 2001, the focus was on the health sector. We identified who was present and who

was absent in the health sector, with the aim of ensuring that those who are away are invited to review and comment on the workshop results.

We gathered expectations on cards.
Homer Meekis - Health director Rita Thomson - Health baby
Debbie Rae - Board member Renata Meekis - Prenatal nutrition
Cameron Rae - Band councilor Nick Campbell - Board member
Gary Kakegamic - Board member Luke Rae - Mental health

Julie Meekis - Community Health Representative (CHR)

Boyce Meekis - Councilor
Eddy Meekis - National Native Alcohol Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP)  
Wally Meekis - Band councilor  
Penina Massan - Economic development  
Dale Jack - CAP worker  
Charlisa Fiddler - Community technician  
Arnold Thomson - Multi media  

Darlene Rae - E center manager

Tamar Rae - CHR  
Joyce Rae - Board member  

Expectations for the health sector

Awareness and programs Tele-health Personnel and equipment Budget Facilities Community involvement SMART and technology Training Staff Other
*More community awareness of health programs

*Self - awareness (on alcohol and drugs)

*More info sessions on programs

*Possibilities for first aid CPR programs

*Head start program

*More recreational programs for kids

*Pre-natal programs

*Better nourishment programs

*Lets all quit smoking

*Tele-health program will be a big success

*When can we fully utilize tele-health?

*Tele-health hook-up for Red Lake hospital

*Full time nurse and doctor

*Nurse residence

*Full time registered nurse

*More equipment for clinic

*Full time doctor and dentist

*We need x-ray technician

*Radiology is also needed

*Dental care


*Who is going to pay for it all

*General hospital in 2025

*Detox centre or treatment centre

*How do we go about getting day care

*Day care centre

*Old folks home

*High school

*New school with a gym

*Bigger health centre

*Involvement of community

*Team work

*Work together

*What is SMART

*I hope to better understand the new tech being used and what will we use it for

*What does SMART stands for

*What is the function of SMART

*More training for front line workers

*To find out what people don't like about the education training program for health

*To find out what people like about the education/training programs for health staff

*To find out what education training programs people want for health staff

*Recreation training for coaches and workers

*More nutritional food at the store

*To find out how many people are interested in linking health programs with outdoor activities for youth - camping, canoeing, hunting, etc

Participants brainstormed on what good health means in North Spirit Lake. The diagram allows everyone to "spray" their ideas on to paper.

From the spray diagram, we worked on another one, describing:

- the vision or results that the health workers are working towards (large bubbles),

- the programs they are involved with (in green),

- the existing programs (in red)

- how they are using the technology (in red),

- how they plan to use the technology that the SMART project brings to the community (in orange), and

- what to measure to show that the visions or goals were being reached, or that the programmes were moving ahead (yellow sticky papers)

The existing programs are: a) Mental health, b) Home visits for elders, c) Training for medical support, d) Recreation programs, e) Healthy foods, f) School lunch program, g) Nutrition program, and h) Healthy babies healthy children. The programs that participants want to have are: a) Agriculture training program, b) Diabetes programs, c) Cooking courses, and d) Refreshment courses

The table below is a summary made from the diagram. Many programme outcomes contribute to more than one result. Programmes that are already using SMART technology have red letters for phone (P), video-conferencing (VC), personal computers with Internet (PCI); training (TR), service support (SS); On-line services including list serves, chat, discussion forum (OL); websites (W); and new technology (T). The future use of technology for different programs is in orange (and we used the same abbreviations as in the case of present use of technology).

Table of Results, Programmes (outcomes) and indicators for Good Health in North Spirit Lake.


Indicators Programmes Indicators
Drug and alcohol awareness (OL,W,PCI) *Treatment center

*AA group meeting

*Drug information

*More people are coming forward for treatment program

*More school visits

*More clients are coming to talk to worker, therefore more and more are going for treatment

*Get support after going for treatment

*To have people understand more about the effects of drugs and alcohol

*More information needs to be shared with younger generation

Home visit for elders

(VC) (P)

*A program for the elders to have some sort of exercise

*Getting elders to meet with other elders in other communities by video

*Have ramps made so it will be easier for them to walk in

Funding (PCI) *Summer experience

*Jobs for students

Mental health (VC)


*Have the video-conferencing to be used more often for counseling

*More people coming for counseling

More and better housing (PCI) *Housing with electrical heat

*Housing with basement and future plans upstairs

*Better housing

*House do not shift when build. Foundation is more stable

Training (TR) *More training with computer skills with young people
More community involvement (TR,OL) *Volunteer programs for community involvement

*Find funding for more workshops or programs

*Clean environment

*To have Band council to share information about meeting they have attended, that refer to community

*Have meeting by video-conferencing

Refreshment courses


*More jobs after training
Happy community *People whistling

*More housing

Training (VC,PCI) *Specialized training

*Drivers examination to e in the community

*INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs) registration worker in the community

Traditional medicines and teachings (PCI, TR) *Elders visiting classrooms


*Communication between elders and youth

Nutrition program (PC) *Home visits

*Moms know more about diet

*Health diet

Communication *More technology Cooking courses (PCI,TR,W,SS) *More nutritious meals
Medical support services (P) (TR) *Trained medical escort Health babies, healthy children (TR,VC) (P,PC) *Home visits for pregnant women

*Clear eyed adults

Medical specialist personnel (PCI,VC,P) *Doctor, nurse, dentist, optometrist, x-ray technician, equipments Recreation programs (PCI) *More recreational activities

*New gym

*Set up teams

*Trails to be walks, bike through the bush

Air service ambulance

(P, PCI)

*First response team

*Transportation for medivacs with stretchers

*More effective training for medivacs

Healthy foods (PCI)
Health children and adults *More healthy food at the store

*Children are interacting with each other

*Parenting classes or groups

School lunch program *Kids having healthy lunch

*Children sometimes are fed fast food which is not healthy

Daycare center (VC) New building Diabetes program (TR.PCI,VC)
Detox treatment center (P) Agriculture training program *More gardens in the community

*Fresh fruits and vegetables

Multi purpose building (SS) *New building
Old folks home (P,PCI,VC) *We are growing old

*New building

Environmental health *Cleaning up sewage spill around old clinic and school
New school (SS,TR,PC,PCI) *More children

*We need a new school

*New building for KIHS with nice layout

*New school with a computer lab (more computers)

*Dark room for developing pictures to create a job in