Weeneebayko Region

The Cree people of the James / Hudson Bay lowlands refer to the waterways that make up their traditional territory as Weeneebayko. The majority of the citizens of the coastal communities that make up this majestic region are of proud Cree lineage.

The hospital governance structure reflects the needs of the six communities served by Weeneebayko. The sixteen (16) member volunteer board provides the regional lens and guidance to the leadership of the Weeneebayko senior management team. The Board and staff are committed to providing the highest quality of health care within Weeneebayko’s catchment area. As a hospital based in Ontario, the organization is subject to the provisions of the Public Hospitals Act.

  • Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) oversees the medical services and facilities in communities of Ontario’s James Bay and Hudson Bay coastal regions.
  • The organization resulted from the October 1, 2010 integration of the Weeneebayko Health Ahtuskaywin/ Weeneebayko General Hospital in Moose Factory, the James Bay General Hospital in Moosonee, Fort Albany and Attawapiskat and the hospitals’ associated agencies in the communities of Kashechewan and Peawanuck.

Services Provided

  • Acute and chronic care as well as 24 hour emergency services including family medicine clinics
  • A Regional Mental Health program that serves all communities
  • James Bay Ambulance Service provides pre-hospital care
  • Occupational and Rehabilitative services
  • General surgery and anesthesia
  • Traditional Healing Program with counselors and community endorsed Traditional Healers
  • Community based clinics regularly host medical specialists in the fields of pediatrics; obstetrics/gynecology; geriatrics rheumatology; ophthalmology; rehabilitation and neurology
  • Referral services and tertiary care beyond WAHA is provided primarily by Kingston General Hospital and the Timmins District Hospital
  • A charter aircraft provides services to Kingston for entitled First Nation patients requiring diagnostic tests such as CT scans and MRI’s and specialist care

While Queen’s University is the primary university link, WAHA is also associated with the University of Toronto and McMaster University for various services.