Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health


This profile originally appeared in the 2018-19 Giving Guide. Read the full magazine here.

The Wabano Centre is a leader in community-based holistic care that incorporates the teachings, culture and traditions of Indigenous people. From our beautiful building designed by renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, we serve more than 15,000 Indigenous clients each year. Our mission is to provide quality holistic, culturally-relevant health services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ottawa; engage in clinical, social, economic and cultural initiatives that promote the health of Indigenous people; promote community-building through education and advocacy; and serve as a centre of excellence for urban Indigenous health. We provide a wide range of medical clinics, mental wellness support, social services, advocacy, housing support and a variety of programs for all ages.

Forty per cent of our clients are under the age of 29 – a large portion of whom are young moms and dads with small children. Wabano offers much needed support to this cohort to ensure a strong and vibrant start in life by creating an environment to promote healthy growth for future generations.

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At a glance

Year founded: 1998

Geographic region of focus: Ottawa

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3.1 million

Top funding sources:

  • Government: 91%
  • Endowments: 9%

Donation wish list: 

  • Donations to our Early Years Capital Campaign will help support the purchase of a home for our Early Years program.
  • Funding support for art-based therapy and creative arts programs.
  • Monies for children/youth summer camps and other land-based activities.

How you can help


You can help better the lives of Indigenous children, youth, men, women and seniors living in Ottawa. Your donation can change the cycle of poverty and unemployment among Indigenous people, make possibilities into probabilities for the whole community and sustain our work as a centre of excellence. Your generous donations make an impact. Wabano is able to provide innovative health, social and cultural programs such as maternal wellness, after-school support, youth in crisis, homeless outreach and land-based activities. All online donations go through PayPal. Tax receipts are available for donations over $50.


Do you have a few hours a week or month? Would you like to learn about Indigenous culture? If so, we welcome you to join the Wabano team as a volunteer! Wabano Fine Chocolate is a volunteer-run Social Enterprise and professional chocolate training program that makes premium handcrafted chocolate. All proceeds help to support Wabano programs. The Nanabush Studio Project is for volunteers who may experience barriers to volunteering. We create an opportunity for them to develop their self-esteem, feel purpose, explore their artistic side and give back to the community through artistic creation. The Wabano Co-op Program provides a place for high school students to gain a semester of work experience in various programs. Placements are arranged through participating co-op teachers and the Wabano Volunteer Coordinator.

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Events and fundraising

Our annual Igniting the Spirit Gala is held each year at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. Next year’s theme is The Trees of Peace. Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 20, 2019. Corporate packages are available now – be sure to book early to avoid disappointment as this event sells out very quickly.

Wabano’s annual Culture as Treatment Symposium takes place in April and is an essential event for health-care professionals, law enforcement, mental health workers and others who work with Indigenous communities.

Our very popular Wine Tasting event with Master Sommelière Véronique Rivest, offers up an opportunity to experience a guided tasting of selected Canadian wines paired with Indigenous flavours – all for a good cause. Spring 2019.

Every year we have a Christmas giving campaign and the generosity of Ottawa’s community warms our hearts. This year’s Christmas campaign is supporting our Early Years Capital Campaign.

Board members and executives

Board of Directors President Brian Pelletier (left) and Executive Director Allison Fisher.

Brian Pelletier


Lynn Chabot


John Francis


Colleen Whiteduck


Valorie Whetung

(Past President)

Jennifer Francis

Paul Skanks

Alfred Linklater

Louise Profeit-Leblanc

Get in touch

299 Montreal Rd.
Ottawa, Ont.
K1L 6B8

Telephone: 613.748.0657

Twitter: @WabanoHealth
Facebook: /WabanoCentre