About Us


Paawidigong First Nations Forum Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that was established on February 22, 1996 and provides culturally appropriate health programs and services to the First Nations communities within the Dryden Tribal Area. We are located in the Northern Region of Treaty #3 Territory and serve the First Nations Communities of Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake), Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation, Wabauskang, Lac Seul and Lac Des Milles Lacs.

Mission Statement

To provide comprehensive and holistic health and social services combining traditional values and cultural beliefs with contemporary practices that will promote healthy communities and an enhanced quality of life for the Dryden Area First Nations.

Organizational Mandate

PFNF is committed and dedicated to providing culturally appropriate health and social services to the community members in our affiliated First Nation communities within the Dryden Tribal Area.


  1. To deliver services in a manner that respects the spiritual beliefs of all community members.
  2. Whenever possible, to provide services in the Anishnawbe language.
  3. To provide equal access to services to all community members.
  4. All services will be universally accessible to all community members.
  5. To recognize the inherent differences in people in the delivery of services.
  6. To advocate for community members trying to access services provided outside the community.
  7. To oversee the development of a full range of culturally appropriate services including promotion, prevention and intervention.
  8. To ensure that the resources to meet the community needs are in place.




Executive Director
Rita Letourneau
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 225

Administrative Assistant
Heidi Compardo
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 223

Health Programs

FASD Coordinator
Ruth Stevens
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 227

Diabetes Educator
Diane Smith
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 228

Diabetes Nurse Educator
Philina Sky
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 226

Community Health / Home Care Nurse
Michaela Parenteau
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 226

Community Development Support Worker
Brittany Norris
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 222

Geraldine Cameron
Mental Wellness Team Coordinator
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 224

Leslie Cameron
Mental Wellness Team Coordinator
Tel: 807.223.5080


Healing Lodge Staff

Administrative Assistant
Carissa Lundmark
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 234

Program Administrator
Mark Gonske
Tel: 807.223.5080 ext 236

Mental Health Counsellor
Danielle Delaronde
Tel.: 807.223.5080 ext. 235

Mental Health Counsellor
Melody Bernard
Tel.: 807.223.5080 ext 237