Mission Statement

Canada is considered one of the healthiest nations in the world, but this good health is not shared by all who reside within it. Despite being one of the youngest and fastest-growing groups, our Indigenous population faces grave health inequalities. This includes a lower life expectancy by as much as 15 years, as well as higher rates of infant mortality, suicide, hospitalizations due to mental illness, chronic illnesses, and infectious diseases. The health inequalities experienced have primarily been a result of settler colonialism which displaced First Nations to remote communities that lack resources, amongst other detriments.

The Waterloo Health Organization aims to respond to this inequality through our application NOOJIMO. Derived from the Objibwen word for healing, our application takes a holistic approach that incorporates both indigenous and western perspectives on health. With NOOJIMO residents within indigenous communities can more easily access health services and other associated facilities. Nearby health amenities - including hospitals, mental health clinics, healing lodges, and community centres - can be identified based on a user’s location. Once the desired amenity has been identified, directions and estimated travel times are provided. Beyond its benefits to individuals, NOOJIMO can also be used by planners or governing authorities to identify areas with insufficient access to health care, which can in turn inform responsive programs or policy development.

Through our application, the Waterloo Health Organization aims to support the United Nations’ objective of reducing inequality in its various forms as well as to respond to the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Learn more about reconciliation

About the App


Identify which health service you need.


Choose your starting location or a specific reserve.


Use the app to find the distance and direction to the service.

Meet the Team


Claire is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. She conducted GIS related tasks such as app development and data cleaning.



Jessica is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, working towards a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Honours Urban Planning with a specialization in Land Development and Urban Design. For this app challenge, she conducted the research and writing including the creation of the video script and mission statement.



Logan is a second-year Master’s student in the Geography and Environmental Management department at the University of Waterloo. For the app challenge, he created the pitch video, website and provided the French translation.