Me No-ya Win Health Centre

Client: Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority

Location: Sioux lookout, Ontario

Area: 145, 000 sq feet

Cost: 90 million

Completed: 2010

Meno Ya Win Health Centre’s CEO Roger Wallmr and his Board of Directors had a vision to combine traditional first nations healing practices with the most up to date modern medical facilities. Thus they commissioned architects Douglas Cardinal and Murphy Hilger to build a hospital that would deliver a new holistic healthcare concept in Canada.

The hospital serves over 30,00 patients every year, and provides services for 28 aboriginal communities in an area as large as Germany, in Northern Ontario. The medical complex is designed in the have of a medicine wheel so that patients arriving by air can already see symbols of healing. On the ground level, the hospital resembles more a northern lodge retreat rather than an institution as the healthcare village relates closely to the earth. Doctors, elders, and traditional healers such as Josiah Fidler contributed in the design and technical requirements of the modern state of the art hospital. Already a leader in contemporary healing, Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre opened with great pride on October 15th 2010 by representatives of the signatories to the Four Party Agreement from the Federal and Provincial Governments as well as the City of Sioux-Lookout and the First Nations.

The partnership of all involved celebrates the healing of a community.