Welcome to the Health section of our new web site.  Below you will find information on Non-Insured Health Benefits,  Traditional Teachings, Diabetes, Healthy Living, Mental Health,and information for New and Expectant Mothers.  You will also find our Health Newsletters, and information on upcoming and past events. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Marcia Pedri - Health Director using the contact information provided below:




The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program is a national program that provides coverage to registered First Nations and recognized Inuit to support them in reaching an overall health status that is comparable with other Canadians. The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program provides coverage for a limited range of medically necessary goods and services to which these clients are not entitled through other plans and programs. In cases where a benefit is covered under another plan, the NIHB Program will act to coordinate payment of eligible benefits.  

The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program is Health Canada's national, medically necessary health benefit program that provides coverage for benefit claims for a specified range of Drugs, Dental Care, Eye and Vision Care, Medical Supplies and Equipment, Short-term Crisis Intervention Mental Health Counselling and Medical Transportation for eligible First Nations people and Inuit.

Are you a NIHB client in BC? Your health benefits may now be provided by the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Read Important information for NIHB clients living in British Columbia to find out how this change affects you.


Your Health Benefits – A Guide for First Nations to Access Non Insured Health Benefits
Drug Benefit List
Dental Benefits Guide
Guide for Medical Supplies and Equipment Benefits
Guide for Pharmacy Benefits
Program Updates
Client Reimbursement Form
Appeal Procedures
More Information



Diabetes is a chronic, often debilitating and sometimes fatal disease, in which the body either cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Diabetes leads to high levels of glucose in the blood, which can damage organs, blood vessels and nerves. The body needs insulin to use glucose as an energy source. 

The pancreas is an organ that sits behind the stomach and releases hormones into the digestive system. In the healthy body, when blood glucose levels get too high, special cells in the pancreas (called beta cells) release insulin. Insulin is a hormone and it causes cells to take in glucose to use as energy or to store as fat. This causes blood glucose levels to go back down.


Canadian Diabetes Association
Diabetes Health Thunder Bay
Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
National Aboriginal Diabetes Association
Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative
Centre for Complex Diabetes Care - TBRHSC





























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