J.A. Hildes Office of Ongomiizwin - Health Services

Ongomiizwin – Health Services (OHS), formerly known as J. A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit (NMU) was created by the late Dr. John Arthur (Jack) Hildes — a highly respected physician and researcher who had a long time commitment to the health and well-being of the people of the North.  Due to his foresight, energy, and support of other liked minded physicians, the University of Manitoba became an international leader in Indigenous health care. 

What started as an outreach physician service program in 1969 in a few small northern communities in Manitoba and eight Hamlets in Nunavut, has now become a robust inter-professional  health service agency expanding throughout Manitoba.  The NMU is led by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health professionals in the following clinical areas:  family practice, medical specialties, nurse specialists, renal health, medical social work, human communication, and rehabilitation therapy.

From the beginning OHS has been committed to creating a safe, secure, and healthy environment where all people are valued and a culture of mutual respect is promoted.  And also providing dependable high quality medical care and increasing awareness of health concerns of Indigenous people within the professional and academic community, and promoting self-determination.   An early advocate for the empowerment and self-determination of all Indigenous people; Dr. Hildes also worked towards the education of Indigenous health care providers foreseeing a time when communities would manage their own health care needs.

We envision a world in which all First Nation, Inuit, and Metis people have achieved full and equitable access to the conditions of health including:  ancestral pride, cultural and language reclamation, peace, shelter, education, food, income, a stable environment, land and resources, social justice, and health services, where the gifts and wisdom of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit cultures are recognised as valuable, distinctive, and beautiful.

To honour relationships, inspire minds, and contribute to the health and well-being of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children, families, and communities.


  • Provide timely and appropriate access to health care services;
  • Ensure quality of care and continuous improvement;
  • Build strong relationships with goal of achieving improved health outcomes;
  • Support and promote development of new knowledge as determined and directed by community;
  • Teach new learners and foster continuing professional education.

Service Commitments:

  1. Safety— We commit to providing culturally and clinically safe care & wellness of clients and communities.
  2. Listening— We commit to listening openly and without judgment to our clients/families/communities and all members of the health care team.
  3. Compassion— We commit to compassionate and caring service delivery and providing a welcoming environment to our clients.
  4. Respect— We commit to reducing barriers (physical, language, cultural, etc.) which may limit the use of our services.
  5. Humility— We commit to supporting and responding to our client needs in a non-judgmental manner.
  6. Transparency— We commit to being transparent and accountable to our clients, staff, partners and funders.
  7. Accountability— We commit to preserving ethical behaviour, providing safe and competent care and upholding quality assurance requirements to maintain facility, professional and practice standards.
  8. Learning and innovation— We commit to innovation, creativity and being open to explore approaches and evidenced best practice.