The Health for Fort Hope project aims to assist members of Fort Hope First Nation with accessing health through orthotics, foot care, prosthetics and knowledge sharing based on the needs of the community. This is a pilot project of the Indigenous Medical Alliance.

Project Overview

​Health for Fort Hope is lead by a team of medical professionals to help serve the needs for Eabementoong First Nation, a fly-in community approximately 360 kms north of Thunder Bay. Their first trip began in June 2019 and helped to assess the health care needs in the community. In collaboration with nursing station staff, and home care staff, the Health for Fort Hope project was able to fit and assess for orthotics and home care needs. With this relationship between the team and community members of Fort Hope, the team will be providing a foot care nurse and continued visits for orthotics and home care needs.

Mission & Goals

  • Orthotics: provide screening and assessments for orthoses, to help those with skin integrity issues, mobility issues and diabetes ulcer off-loading care as well as those with drop foot because stroke, acquired brain injury, incomplete spinal injuries and more.
  • Prosthetics: provide prosthetic assessments, post-amputation rehabilitation education and assess needs in communities as necessary.
  • Personal Support Worker Knowledge Sharing: based on the needs of the community, the personal support worker will be sharing his knowledge and skills related to palliative care and pain management to the personal support workers in the community.
  • Networking for other health needs in community: explore other opportunities to assist Fort Hope in accessing knowledge, practitioners and other needs with health director and members of Eabemetoong First Nation Health and Social Services department.
  • Career Presentations: will present their careers as an orthotist and prosthetist to a class room at John C Yesno Education Centre.

Who, What,
Where & When

The community of Fort Hope is located on the shores of Eabamet Lake in the Albany River system 360 km north of Thunder Bay. This is a fly-in community in the middle of northern Ontario with winter roads utilized February through March.
There are approximately 1500 people who live on the reserve, with an additional 700+ community members living off the reserve. While most residents speak English, it is common to hear people speaking Anishinaabe.

Four individuals will be travelling to assist with all of the above: AJ Venter (Canadian Certified Orthotist), Marty Robertson (Canadian Board Certified Prosthetist), Michael Amesse (National Association of Career College Certified Personal Support Worker) and Amanda Stolk (Project Lead for True North Aid).