Fisher River Cree Nation has a population of 3879 (as of June 2017). After an initiative by Health Canada in 1989 to look at the high rates of Aboriginal family violence, the Chief & Council submitted a proposal to develop a CMHC (Project Haven) shelter in the community of Fisher River Cree Nation. In 1991, the building, now known as the First Nation Healing Centre, was completed. The shelter received its first clients in February 1992. The shelter is managed by the Fisher River Cree Nation, with the Chief & Council serving as Board of Directors. It has eight bedrooms with a total of 28 beds and three family rooms. Operational funding comes from Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada, which flows through the Fisher River Cree Nation administration; other funding sources are obtained for programming, specific items, and/or services
The mission of First Nation Healing Centre is to provide a community resource for women and children who are victims of violence
The Centre will provide a safe environment, housing with services, and will address the women and children’s physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs. To assist the male, supportive counselling to address the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs will be provided on a non-residential /outreach basis.
The First Nation Healing Centre is a short-term crisis shelter used mainly by Aboriginal women and has 8 bedrooms. Located in the community of Fisher River Cree Nation, it is 240km north of Winnipeg.
The First Nation Healing Centre is one of four shelters located in First Nation Communities. The other shelters are in Mathias Colomb First Nation, Shamattawa First Nation, and Norway House Cree Nation.
The First Nation Healing Centre is a member of the Shelter Networking Group; which started formally in 2008. This group is for the benefit of On-Reserve Shelters.