Who we are

Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) is comprised of fourteen (14) First Nation community stakeholders on Manitoulin Island and the North Shore of Lake Huron. It serves a population of approximately 27, 335 members, geographically dispersed in the Northeastern Ontario region.

To provide better access to health information for its member communities, GHL’s current project is the implementation of an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, and with the cooperation of service providers in the province of Ontario.

GHL has partnered with a recognized private industry leader, TELUS Health, to implement the Practice Solutions Suite (PS Suite) EMR, which is already utilized by many medical practitioners/professionals providing services in the member communities.

Our Vision: Improving the health and well-being of the GHL First Nations community members through digital health innovation.

Board of Directors

President, Leila Macumber

Serpent River First Nation

Vice President, Craig Abotossaway

Mnaamodzawin Health Services

Secretary/Treasurer, Carmen Wabegijig-Nootchtai

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek

Director, Rhonda Peltier

Mississauga First Nation

Director, Mary Jo Wabano

Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory

Director , Pamela Debassige


GHL Staff

Michael McGregor

Executive Director

Vicky Hutchison

Operations Coordinator

Evan Farquhar

IT Project Manager

Dustin Grant

IT Support Analyst

Jesse Beaudin

Informatics, Privacy and Training Coordinator

Steven Fox Radulovich

Informatics, Privacy and Training Coordinator

Bryan Bird

eHealth Initiatives Coordinator


Our First Nation Partners

Manitoulin Island Communities:
  • Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
  • Sheguiandah First Nation
  • Wikwemikoong
  • Whitefish River First Nation
  • M’Chigeeng First Nation
  • Zhiibaahaasing First Nation
  • Sheshegwaning First Nation
North Shore Communities:
  • Thessalon First Nation
  • Batchewana First Nation
  • Garden River First Nation
  • Serpent River First Nation
  • Mississauga First Nation
  • Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
  • Sagamok Anishnawbek
Affiliated Aboriginal Health Organizations:
  • Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services
  • Noojmowin Teg Health Centre

"The Community Electronic Medical Record will assist our department to electronically capture an individual’s milestones, plan of care, treatment, wellness plan, participation of programs and services offered by the Sagamok Community Wellness Department while maintaining files and records in accordance with the Personal Health Information and OCAP principles with regard to information privacy and security. "

Yolande Nashkawa, Health Program Manager of Sagamok Anishnawbek

Our History

Giiwednong Health Link (GHL) formed a Steering Committee of four Health Directors whose vision was to collectively gather 14 First Nations to work together to obtain a sustainable electronic health information solution tool (EMR) to improve the collection of data recording to enhance the delivery of health services to First Nation community members. Its goal is patient-centred care with one client—one record.

GHL Incorporation

On September 29, 2015, Giiwednong Health Link was officially incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Act, Corporation # 945716-0.
In our first year of operations (2016-17), we:

  • April 1, 2016 started operations as a new entity
  • Board of Directors orientation and training
  • Project Management Office established with a team of six (6) staff
  • Development of organizational structures and digital health implementation plans
  • Vendor Change: Nightingale Informatix to TELUS Health – September 2016
  • Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory EMR – Go Live March 2017

Historial Events/Milestones

Community Engagement
Technical Readiness Assessment
Case Developed
Case Developed
Business Plan Completed
EMR Vendor Selected
Operational Funding Secured by FNIHB
First Nation Community BCR’s Acquired
PMO Established & Staff Hired
Functional Requirements & DSA Developed
GHL Incorporated & By-laws Created
EMR Vendor Changed, Project Baselines Updated
14 FN EMRs Implemented
Data Sharing Agreement Signed on Manitoulin Island
GHL Service Level Agreement Implemented
FN Privacy & EMR Training Completed
GHL Capacity to Implement eHealth Achieved
Organizational Policies and Strategic Plan Completed