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Health Administration

KTC Health Administration is designed in a supportive manner around our member Nations.

The primary intent of KTC Health is to provide internal support and expertise by offering confidential advice, recommendations, and guidance on an ongoing basis to build capacity within our member Nations.  We also work on monitoring and analyzing needs in order to recommend best practices and advantageous opportunities for providing the highest level of health service delivery.

Lastly, we strive to monitor and participate, where beneficial, in Treaty 8, Alberta region and national health initiatives and actions. We seek and seize opportunities as they arise to directly benefit our member Nations and Treaty 8 collectively.

We provide a stable administrative and management environment for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch to broker regional activities, while at the same time, allowing KTC to benefit from additional administrative funds to offset program costs.

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Supporting health programs and services for our member Nations

  • Improve our program and service delivery to provide basic, flawlessly coordinated and cross-jurisdictionally integrated primary care that is comprehensive, culturally sensitive, accessible and effective;
  • Enhance access and availability of primary health services to our members;
  • Support and build local capacity – work with communities on responding to their priorities and reaching their goals;
  • Bring together member Nation health directors to discuss collective and collaborative health & wellness issues and recommend strategies;
  • Bring forward viable economic opportunities in the health sector to lead, and/or be part of;
  • Effectively utilize eHealth technology to reach excellence in care;
  • Strengthen capacity in policy development, data collection and analysis;
  • Increase capacity to manage expanded programs and respond to emerging health issues;
  • Increase capacity to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships with other federal departments, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services, other Tribal Councils and Nations;
  • Improve our ability to be pro-active and responsive to long term sustainability of health programs and services available to our members and member Nations;
  • Undertake regional, Treaty, Tribal and local health initiatives that directly improve and impact the lives of our members.
  • Strengthen the traditions, cultural values as happy balanced community members who, with confidence and pride in themselves and their nation, embrace a self-sufficient future.
  • KTC Health Administration continues to strive towards excellence in supporting and assisting member nations in Health Administration as we are needed and requested.
  • KTC Health Administration continues to build partnerships and relationships internally and externally, as well as look for opportunities that support and strive to improve overall health outcomes for our member nations.

Health Programs & Services

Child Assessment

Child assessment services include meeting with family and teachers (if school-aged) to learn about your child, completing assessments to measure achievement, intellectual ability and behaviour to provide strategies for child success. All assessment reports are discussed with parents/guardians and practical recommendations are given for academics and behaviour. Plans are made to support the child as he/she grows and develops. Child assessment in completed by highly professional psychologists who approach assessment in a culturally competent manner.

Community Dental

Two teams provide the dental services in the KTC communities, the KTC Community Dental Program Team and the Northern Lights Dental Team. With both teams working in our communities, we provide comprehensive services by integrating our two programs and ensuring community members receive complete dental services.

KTC Community Dental Program:
The KTC Community Dental program provides an early childhood dental program aimed at children ages 0-12, caregivers, and pregnant women living in our nations, focusing on preventing tooth decay and dental disease. This program aims to improve the oral health and well-being of our nation’s members by having our team support and encourages families to make oral health and oral care a regular part of day-to-day family life.
Dental screenings, fluoride varnish application, and one on one or group oral health education sessions, as well as referrals/recommendations to the community dentist, are offered by this team. The team visits daycares, playschools/ headstart, health centers, and schools and participates in community events such as health fairs, career fairs, teddy bear fairs, and other community get-togethers.
To learn more about the KTC community dental program, don’t hesitate to contact the dental program lead, Cindy Chapados, at

Northern Lights Dental Team
Our team of dental professionals provides culturally safe dental services in the KTC communities. The team’s goal is to prevent hospitalizations for dental infections by making earlier interventions. In so doing, our goal is to restore oral health as one part of rebuilding overall health.
We staff each health center with the same dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists, which allows the dental team to develop a relationship with the health center staff and community, more like an old-fashioned practice. This continuity of care builds trust, improves communication, and leads to better oral health. Services offered but are not limited to: exams, X-rays, emergency, fluorides, sealants, cleaning, fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges, dentures, and extractions. Our dental hygienists also work in the KTCEA schools complementing the COHI program by offering cleanings and sealants.
To learn more about the Northern Lights Dental Team or book an appointment, please contact your community health center.

Early Childhood

Includes assessment for young children and supporting families to help children access Headstart and other school programming appropriate for their age. Support will be provided for parents whose children may have behavioural and/or learning issues. Assistance on how to help children regulate their emotions (to lessen frustration and tantrums) and develop social competence (friends) is an important part of this support.

FASD / FAE Supports

Includes education and awareness for families and service providers. Support can be provided through home visitation in partnership with Maternal Child Health Programs to work on family and child goals to improve children’s development and family coping. Diagnostic and assessment services can also be coordinated in the community without need to travel to Edmonton.

The diagnosis of FASD is not about labelling children and pathologizing them, but rather, to plan and design activities, learning opportunities and support revenant to an individual child.

Home and Community Care

These services assist people who have chronic and acute illnesses receive the care they need in their home or community. Care provided in these familiar settings allows community members to be close to their loved ones as long as possible and to keep their independence. Home and community care may include nursing care, personal care such as bathing and foot care, home support such as meal preparation, and in-home respite care (the family finds the caregiver to provide respite).


This program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to eligible former Indian Residential School students and their families throughout all phases of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. Resolution Health Support Program Services are safe, confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental.


Regional injury prevention program aimed at reducing the impact of unintentional injuries among Alberta First Nations.

  • Coordinate culturally-appropriate injury prevention education, awareness and training
  • Provide support to First Nations implementing injury prevention activities
  • Adapt evidence based programs to meet community needs



To improve health outcomes associated with First Nations maternal, infant, child and family health. The areas of focus include prenatal health, postnatal health and newborn care, nutrition, early literacy and learning, and physical, emotional and mental health.


KTC facilitates regular counselling services through non-insured benefits provided by FNIHB. Psychologists are available in all member nations to provide psychological services to individuals, couples or groups. Counselling includes, but not limited to a variety of challenges such as depression, anxiety, adjusting to change, relationship challenges and coping with the loss of a loved one.

Counselling is confidential and no fee is required to access service through any of the health centres in each of the KTC member nations. After hours counselling is available in addition to learning sessions in the evenings on a number of different topics ranging from anxiety management to parenting strategies.

We provide support to Treaty 8 and KTC communities to reduce alcohol and other substance abuse within their communities, including a focus on opioid abuse prevention.


These services are for the provision of primary health care in communities which includes postnatal follow up and teaching, providing immunizations, encouraging physical activity, facilitating community education sessions and providing primary care services for common conditions during scheduled clinics.


Maximizing children’s independence related to their self-care, fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, sensory processing, or executive functioning/life skills. Services may involve observations, screenings, and/or informal or formal assessment in a variety of community settings (e.g., Headstart and Daycare programs). Individualized goals and strategies may be developed in order to help inform programming, and follow-up services may be provided by a Registered Occupational Therapist and/or an Occupational Therapist Assistant.


Respite is a short period of rest for caregivers and families from the demands of caring for a child with special needs.   Respite care workers provide care and supervision of the child, either in or outside the family home, during non-academic program hours.  The Respite Care Program will work with families to create an individualized care plan that meets the needs of each child and their caregiver(s), recruit and train respite care workers, and target opportunities to allow for family involvement in social and cultural events.


Supporting the development of strong speech and communications skills. Services may include assessment and treatment for speech delays, swallowing and feeding disorders, cognitive-communicative disorders, among others. Services are provided by a registered Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and also include pre-literacy and literacy skills. The SLP works closely with staff in the Health Centres, Head Starts, and Daycares to support children and links with KTCEA SLP when children are entering school so they can continue to receive support.


The opportunity to create an Indigenous-run child services system came about in early 2020

Peerless Trout First Nation

Peerless Trout Health Centre


Box 72, Peerless Lake, AB  TOG 2W0

Office: 780 869 2362

Fax: 780 869 2351

Whitefish Lake First Nation

Whitefish Lake Health Centre


General Delivery, Atikameg, AB T0G 0C0

Office: 780 767 3941

Fax: 780 767 3922

Woodland Cree First Nation

Woodland Cree Health Centre


Box 10, Cadotte Lake, AB  TOH ONO

Office: 780 629 8963

Fax: 780 629 3879

Loon River First Nations

Loon River Health Centre


Box 329, Red Earth Creek, AB T0G 1X0

Office: 780 649 3490

Fax: 780 649 2214

Lubicon Lake Band

Little Buffalo Health Centre


Box 6838, Peace River, AB  T8S 1S6

Office: 780 629 3760

Fax: 780 629 3824