Our Community services located in Ottawa, Kingston & Cornwall


Established in 2019, NIHWA provides culturally developed programs and services to Indigenous men, women, and their families regardless of their status, tribal heritage, and/or lineage.

NIHWA is committed to providing programs and services that meet the communities needs, through having their voices heard. In ways of, their cultural identity, through Feasts, Art, Music, Language, Teachings, and Traditions throughout their history.

NIHWA is dedicated to ensuring access to justice, education, health services, environmental conservancy including economic development.


National Indigenous Health and Wellness Association is a not-for-profit organization that collaboratively works with and supports Indigenous communities by empowering its community members throughout North America. Through its strength base program development, along with its policy evolution, being its focal point.

NIHWA acknowledges its community members by honoring Indigenous culture, language, traditions, and its teachings. NIHWA’s vision is to allow Indigenous communities equality, justice, through collaboration.


Offered in person or virtually

Professional Development through
Education and Training that includes
but not limited to these topics:

  • Indigenous History
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Indigenous Traditions
  • Being Trauma Informed
  • Being and Practicing Mindfulness

Include but are not limited to these topics:

  • Healing through Trauma
  • Healthy Families
  • The Gift of Sharing
  • Community Building Circles

Include but are not limited to these topics:

  • Healthy Parenting
  • Healthy Financing
  • Elder Care
  • Algonquin Language
  • Métis Language
  • Inuit Language
  • Drugs/Alcohol Awareness
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Care
  • Sacred Teachings
  • Drum Making/Teachings
  • Beading
  • Dress Making/Teaching
  • Healthy Feasting
    (Diabetes Awareness)

Include but are not limited to these topics

  • Building Bridges with Community
    Agencies (Guest Speakers)
  • Elder Care
  • Diabetes
  • COVID Awareness and Precautions
  • Child Safeguarding Your Home
  • Human Trafficking Awareness
    and Prevention
  • Community Indigenous Organizations
    (Resources and Services)

Members of the Board

Jean Lazard

Board Member

Jean Lazard holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is the President and CEO of Lazard & Associates Inc., a Federally Licensed Insolvency Trustee firm, operating offices in eastern Ontario and western Quebec for over 20 years. 

His firm administers bankruptcies, proposals and provides financial advice and business consulting services. 

Mr. Lazard was also involved in the development and delivery of corporate training programs for new and existing employees and Quality Assurance Audits and Performance metrics in the federal government.

Loretta DeSousa

Founder and CEO

Loretta is Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, and holds a Master of Education, a B.A. in Psychology, and a CYW Diploma. 

Loretta has worked as an Entrepreneur, Educator, Behaviour Counsellor, and Program Developer. 

She feels blessed to have worked with Indigenous people in multiple ways and enjoys being a part of her community and empowering Indigenous women and girls.

Lori Lamour

Board Member and Admin. Assistant

Lori is Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation with a Diploma in Personal Support Worker and Elder Care Services. 

She has been working in nursing homes and home care services for over 22 years. She also has a Diploma in Equine Studies and specializes in Equine Care, Training, and Lessons. 

Lori has a diverse background and her ability to care for the needs of others is unique.

Indigenous Facilitators

Juanita Mnichol

Elder Juanita Mnichol is 62 years young Anishnawbeh Kwe from Sagamok First Nation. She is a part of the Pike Clan, and the Turtle is the leader of the Clan. She is a Social Worker, Youth Counsellor and Cultural Facilitator. She loves working with people and have worked at the Sudbury Jail and the White Buffalo Road program for over 20 years. Currently, she is a travelling cultural Facilitator to First Nation communities and organizations. She is an active community member for the Sagamok Elders committee and Sagamole Justice committee. At the time, she is doing work with Lizanne on helping people realize their full potential through meditation, Sharing Circles, drumming, teaching songs, positive self-esteem, reiki and building exercises.

Lizanne LeClair​

Lizanne is Migma Metis, Bear Clan and follows an indigenous traditional way of life (Ojibway, Cree, Lakota, Shipibo). She is certified in different healing modalities such as Reiki, Shamballah, Shaktipat, Ho’oponopono, and Meditation. She is a gifted healer and offers etheric clearing and traditional cedar bath. Lizanne is a certified life coach and specializes in trauma and spiritual coaching.

Candace Lloyd

Candace Lloyd dishinkaashoon; niishta. Waabishki Gaagaagi Ikwe nindijinkoz Anishinaabemowin. Hello, my name is Candace Lloyd. My Métis family is from Cross Lake Island, Saskatchewan, Sault St. Marie, Ontario. She a proud Métis woman, recognized within my community as a Métis Traditional Knowledge Holder and medicine woman. Candace Lloyd is a Métis cultural advisor, speaker and educator focused on cultural awareness workshops, Truth and Reconciliation training and relationship building. Candace recognizes the power of bringing people together from all walks of life; building community is a time-honored tradition of the Métis. Her goal is to find pathways to work together in the spirit of collaboration and harmony.

Danka Brewer

Danka is a traditional Omaamiiwinini woman from the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation Community. Danka is a 5th generation direct descendant of Chief Frances Sharbot and Mary Susan Nigik. Danka has been working with schools sharing traditional knowledge and crafts for the last 12 years. Danka carries teachings on traditional hand drumming, Algonquin language, seasonal environmental teachings, traditional food harvesting and preparation, leather crafting, storytelling, beading, medicine wheel and women’s teachings.

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200-1604 Michael Street, Ottawa, Ontario

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(613) 252-2511

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