Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (Baaskaandibewi-ziibiing)


Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (Baaskaandibewi-ziibiing), located to the northeast of Winnipeg near an old location of St. Peter’s Reserve, is a proactive and engaging community.  Rich biodiversity and beautiful wetlands are part of this ecological reserve and are culturally significant to the members of the community. Chief Deborah Smith and a four-member council elected by band members lead the community. The community believes in creating opportunities for its children and building a platform for growth and development. Agriculture continues to be the community’s economic base.

Brokenhead is a self-reliant community and is responsible for many services namely housing and community infrastructure, primary and secondary education, and social and health services. It is also involved in various developmental projects to secure employment opportunities and revenue sources for its members. The community has undertaken various projects for its members, including developmental plans for the medical clinic/pharmacy, additional housing units, clean environment projects, engaging youth in research process focusing on traditional food use, land use planning and environmental health.

In December 2018 a proposal for funding for a dementia project was submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The vision is to have Brokehead declare and act on their commitment to reducing the risk factors associated with dementia and to provide social support for persons living with dementia and their caregivers. There are three goals emanating from the vision. The first goal is to help people living with dementia (PLWD) and their caregivers lead a happy and fulfilling life. We will achieve this by creating opportunities for PLWD and their caregivers to enhance their relationships with each other and with their community. This will be done through art and activity initiatives sponsored by, and carried out, with the community they live in.  We will utilize the expertise of local and international experts in the design and evaluation of these initiatives.
The second goal of the project is to mitigate risk factors in the community that impact dementia. We will achieve this through education and awareness and through the creation of local nudge policies and programs that support risk mitigation initiatives. To be successful we will seek the support of the chief, council and local health authority boards from each community.
Once these two goals have been realized and the program has been operational for two years we will develop will realize our third goal which is to mobilize the knowledge we have learned to other communities by developing educational materials that can be shared with other Indigenous communities who may wish to learn from our experiences. 

Bloodvein Action Plan Completion dates
Will work on a project plan for dementia project    January 2019