Pinaymootang First Nation is a picturesque community located off Highway 6, north of Winnipeg. It is signatory to Treaty 2, signed on August 21, 1871. The native language is Ojibway. The population is 2,812 (1,233 on-reserve and 1,579 off-reserve). Approximately 50 per cent of the on-reserve population is under 20 years of age. The community has a long-standing belief in passing knowledge and traditions from one generation to another, and with a comparatively larger young population, it is all the more important for them. The community is involved in long-term service improvements, namely infrastructure projects and environmental plans.
Chief Garnet Woodhouse leads the people of Pinaymootang. The members are proud of their rich and diverse culture as well as their spiritual life. They stand together in their beliefs and find strength within their families. The community members support one another to help form a deep kinship. A similar kind of collaborative relationship is between the community and various stakeholders in School, Health, Social and Child & Family Services. A major step set up by the community is to take care of their young children, especially children with complex needs. The members of the community display a strong sense of social responsibility as it relates to this, as “it takes a community, to raise a child.”
The Pinaymootang Health Centre is an accredited facility and is responsible for helping the people maintain and improve their health to ensure longevity, healthy lifestyle and the effective use of the public health-care system.
Pinaymootang Health Centre runs a support program for children with complex needs and their families under the Jordan’s Principle initiative titled Niinijaanis Nide, My Child My Heart Program. The community lacked programming specifically for adult care with similar complex needs. Occupational therapy students from the College of Rehabilitation Sciences have worked with this underserved group in the community, successfully implementing a youth transition program
Occupational Therapy students and some of the young adults they worked with while on fieldwork placement
at Pinaymootang First Nation Health Centre.
|Successful implementation of a youth transition program
||Summer of 2018