Indigenous Peoples in remote and northern communities in Canada, who possess a rich and diverse set of healing practices, also experience some of the poorest health outcomes in Canada due to inequitable and inaccessible healthcare services. For many remote Indigenous communities in Canada, access to quality health care is below the national standard. As an Indigenous charity in Canada, True North Aid is committed to serving and supporting health care initiatives that promote a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Moon Time Sisters is a collective of people who want to help menstruators in northern, remote communities across Canada access menstrual products that they otherwise could not afford. Moon Time Sisters has been able to support over 25 communities since being founded in 2017. Moon Time Sisters is a volunteer-led organization and a project of True North Aid that believes in the power and solidarity of Indigenous menstruators.
Since 2018, True North Aid has provided medical supplies and mobility aids to northern and remote communities in northern Ontario and Manitoba. These collections started as a grassroots initiative in Kingston, Ontario and grew into a partnership with Rollup Solutions Inc, Goodwill London and True North Aid in 2020. Rollup Solutions provides refurbished wheelchairs and walkers for True North Aid to deliver across the north.
Through the Maamiwkwe program, True North Aid has partnered with Amazon.ca, Greco and more to help purchase critical care items and products to support new mothers and their babies in northern Indigenous communities. Items included diapers, formula, baby clothes, wipes, blankets and toys.
True North Aid hopes to relaunch its orthotics program for 2022. This program originally launched in 2019 and 2020 in Eabametoong First Nation and provided foot care and orthotics services to individuals dealing with mobility issues that required them to need supportive devices.