Community Wellness

Wellness is the relationship of the body, mind, and spirit. I believe we need support at various times in maintaining that relationship. Muskeg Lake Health Centre encourages our community members to be miyo-mah-chi-ho-win – Living Well! We reinforce this through various programs and activities.

Our goal is to encourage community members to nurture their overall well-being by providing effective prevention programs with an integrated approach. We will work to ensure our programs and services are holistic in nature.

Mandatory Programs


  • For babies and school-age children
  • Yearly flu shots

Communicable Disease Control

  • To promote and support the prevention and control of communicable diseases in Muskeg Lake. CDC includes testing, treatment and education.

Auxiliary Programs

Home & Community Care

Home & Community Care is a program designed to help families maintain independent living for the home-care client.

  • The program assists clients with in-home care and access to services and current information
  • The home-care nurse completes assessments at the request of individuals or family members
  • The success of this program for an individual depends on the individual’s compliance and the family’s support
  • Home Care does not take the place of the family

Dental Programs

There are two dental therapy programs:

  • Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) for children 0-5 years
  • Community Dental Therapist for all band members
    How to apply: Contact the band office for an appointment

CAP – Community Addictions Program

Prevention activities are aimed at preventing serious alcohol and drug-abuse problems and include:

  • Public-awareness campaigns
  • Public meetings
  • Public speaking
  • Developing content for schools on alcohol and drug abuse
  • School programs
  • News media work
  • Cultural and spiritual events
  • Other addictions such as gambling

Medical Transportation

This program provides medical transportation to on-reserve members for their medical appointments.

How to use the service

Transportation Coordinator:

Contact the Health Office to book medical transportation.

Administrative Assistant
  • Performs clerical duties for all Health staff
  • Provides office support to director and Health & Social Development staff
  • Types and distributes correspondence, orders office supplies, answers phones, makes travel arrangements and maintain files
  • Compiles, formats, prints and distributes the Health Newsletter
  • Coordinates monthly Health Committee meetings by preparing the agenda, board kits, recording the meeting and distributing minutes
  • Designs all posters for community events, announcements, projects and programming as requested by Health Staff
  • Records and distributes minutes for Health Staff meetings
  • Assists band members with Non-Insured Health Benefits requests
  • Processes cheque requisitions for the Department, completes coding for established approval process with Health Director
  • Helps coordinate, cook for and organize many community events
Community Health Nurse

Lana Thomas

The Community Health Nurse (CHN) works in collaboration with clients, families, Elders, Chief and Council, the Health Committee and other health-care personnel within an integrated health-care team.

Home Care LPN

The main goal is to enable the elders to live at home for as long as they are able to without going into institutional care.

  • Monthly home visits (as needed)
  • Monitoring and ordering patient medications
  • In-home nursing care, including dressings, diabetic foot care, diabetic teaching, etc.
  • Charting and monthly reports.
  • Supervises the duties of Home Health Aide
  • Works under the direction of the CHN
  • Case conferencing
  • Referrals and placements
  • Providing equipment and whatever is needed for the client.
  • Oversees the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI)
Community Health Representative
  • Assists and supports the CHN
Community Wellness Worker

 Perry Venne

  • Promotes an addictions-free lifestyle for communities, families and individuals by enabling the community to develop activities that increase knowledge and awareness of addictions and how addictions can be addressed
  • A redefinition of the previous NNADAP
  • Addresses a continuum-of-care approach to the issues of addiction: pre-treatment and assessment, referral services, counseling, intervention, follow-up, aftercare, prevention, and alternative programming
  • An integrated approach that incorporates existing resources and addresses all aspects of an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health
  • The community’s involvement is paramount to reaching the objectives of an addictions-free community and involves not just the individual but the individual’s family, support group, extended family and community
Living Well Therapist

The Living Well program has been in operation at Muskeg Lake for about 14 years.  Though it has been called different names, the services offered have remained the same.

  • Individual counseling
  • Children and youth (during and after school hours)
  • Leask school visits & counseling (by referral)
  • Case-conferencing and working with other human-service professionals
  • Staff support
Medical Transportation Coordinator

This program is aimed at providing transportation to Members of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation for their medical appointments. We transport clients to Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Shellbrook.

The Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program is funded by the Government of Canada and provides supplementary benefits for medical and dental products and services that are not covered by provincial or any other third-party health insurance.

The program is available to registered Indians, Inuit, Innu and infants (up to one year old) of an eligible parent.

NIHB Services & Programs

Read the manual [556 KB PDF]

Family Support page

The Family Support program focuses on providing positive outlets and developmental opportunities for families. This includes supporting the provision of programs and services to strengthen families and prevent family breakdown. Services offered are advocacy, parent education, parent aides and family support homes.

Family Mentor

The Family Mentor assists children and families, helping to identifying the best approach to support children and their nuclear and extended families with positive parenting practices. Emphasis is placed on keeping our children safe and retaining them within the family and community.

The Family Mentor is responsible for the implementation of approved Prevention Programs.

  • Coordinates and provides awareness and educational workshops, parenting programs, and other supportive activities
  • Facilitates community information workshops on effective and healthy parenting that addresses various family groups (e.g., young parent, single parent, step-parent, grandparent and foster parent families
  • Provides information, referrals and support services to families
  • Develops, coordinates and/or implements programs (e.g., parenting training, life skills, family fun activities)
  • Develops and delivers services to support children who are “in care” on-reserve in Muskeg Lake Cree Nation
  • Ensures that all case documentation is carried out properly and files are kept current
  • Recruits Family Support Homes within the community and provides support to meet the required standards

Early Childhood Development Mentor

  • Develops and maintains programs and services that support early childhood and family development needs

Offers support for families through mentoring, workshops and coordination with other MLCN programs (Nutrition, Environmental Health, Community Nursing, Child and Family Services, Education)

This program is a redefinition of the previous NNADAP and addresses the continuum-of-care approach to the issues of addiction. A continuum of care is provided for the following components: pre-treatment and assessment, referral services, counseling, intervention, follow-up, aftercare, prevention, and alternative programming.

The approach is one of integration with existing resources and addresses all aspects of an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. The community’s involvement is paramount to reaching the objectives of an addictions-free community and involves not just the individual but the individual’s family, support group, extended family and community.

Programs & Resources

For details on the NNADAP, visit the website.

Who can help at Muskeg Lake?

Community Wellness Worker
Living Well Therapist
Family Mentor

An emergency can take many forms, but you won’t need to respond to every emergency in the same way. For most acute medical and personal emergencies—a heart attack or stroke, having a baby, or a serious medical injury—call 911.

For emergencies that affect personal or community health, read the latest Health and Wellness News & Events for up-to-date information. For emergencies that are not life threatening, contact the Health Centre to speak to a public health nurse.

Community Health Emergencies

Boil Advisories

The Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC) Health & Family Services provides second-level support for our water treatment plants. Operation of the Safe Drinking Water Program for STC communities includes bacterial sampling and testing, chemical sampling, community notification and education.

The water is tested every week. The Health Centre receives the test results. You will be notified if your water test results come back as “unsafe” and your water source has been placed under a “boil-water advisory.”

Personal Health Emergencies

Having a baby? Call 911

Acute medical problem (e.g., heart attack, stroke, drowning)? Call 911

Community Health Nurse

Learn about the role of the Community Health Nurse and when to call for help.

Calling for Help

For all serious medical emergencies, call 911.

For information about community health emergencies and procedures, read the latest News, the MLCN Emergency Response Plan 2011, or contact the band Health Centre.