About the Advisory Circle
The Ontario Caring Advisory Circle (OCAC) demonstrates leadership by guiding the identification and development of culturally appropriate resources to support Indigenous residents in long-term care homes. Membership of the OCAC is comprised of 10 members that have wisdom and expertise in long-term care and Indigenous culture. Members are a mix from northern and southern regions of Ontario.
The OCAC has created a five-pillar approach to their terms of reference. These five pillars form the foundation of the work and represent the commitment, interest, and duties of the advisors.
Pillar One – Ensuring a cultural lens in all Ontario CLRI activities
Pillar Two – Identifying resources to fill gaps
Pillar Three – Ideas for education and training
Pillar Four – Identifying research projects
Pillar Five – Guidance for stakeholder outreach
As the OCAC continues to grow and develop, it hopes to become a standing body that will advise not only the Ontario CLRI on important work, but additionally advise government ministries, organizations and researchers working to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous residents in long-term care.
The initial gathering of the OCAC took place on April 24, 2018 at the Toronto Birth Centre. At this gathering, the OCAC came together to plan their shared vision for the work ahead. Through process and spirit, the group’s terms of reference were birthed. The OCAC meets several times a year via video/teleconference or face-to-face.
Since culturally appropriate imagery is important to the OCAC, the names of Indigenous artists living in Ontario were put into a hat during the October 24, 2018 face-to-face gathering at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Robert Kakegamic’s name was drawn and he was contacted to design and paint the OCAC’s logo to represent their spirit. Robert continues the Woodland School of Art tradition while including cultural values and old legends in vivid colours as part of the new way of presenting and expressing Indigenous identity. Robert lives in Sandy Lake, Ontario, a Swampy Cree-Ojibwa First Nations community.
Ontario Caring Advisory Circle Members
Seniors Health Advocate, SOAHAC; PhD Candidate, Western University; Caregiver
Director/Administrator, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (William “A” George Extended Care Unit)
Activities Manager, Tsi’ Nu: Yoyantle Na’ Tuhuwatisni (Oneida Long-Term Care Home)
Activities Director, Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long-Term Care Facility
Hammond Lac Seul
Community Elder, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre Elders’ Council
Administrator, Tsiionkwanonhso:te Long-Term Care Facility
Traditional Programs Manager, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
Seniors Program Manager, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
Administrator, Wikwemikong Nursing Home
Indigenous Health Specialist, North West Local Health Integration Network