Did you know?
- Mental wellness in Indigenous communities is supported by culture, language, Elders, families and creation, and is considered necessary for healthy individual, community and family life.
For generations, Indigenous cultures and knowledge have served as the foundation for understanding what “wellness” is. Understanding culture is a key component of the successfully supporting the safe delivery of health services.
The First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum (FNMWC) is a national framework that addresses mental wellness among First Nations in Canada. The framework is the result of extensive collaboration between the Assembly of First Nations, Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation, the Native Mental Health Association and other community mental health leaders.
Supported by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, the FNMWC framework identifies ways to enhance service coordination among various systems.
Led by Carol Hopkins, Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, this interactive session will focus on why culture matters in relation to mental health.
What’s in it for you?
A chance to learn about:
- The value of Indigenous knowledge
- The validity of Indigenous knowledge systems
- How Indigenous populations define wellness
- Why culture matters in mental health
- How facilities/services can show respect for Indigenous culture in service delivery