Building an Indigenous Mental Health System of Care:
Why Culture Matters

Part of CFHI's Recommended Learning Journey on Indigenous Health.

Held April 5, 2016



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.

Consider this...

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.

Join us!

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

Meet your presenters

Rose LeMayRose LeMay, Director of Northern and Indigenous Health, CFHI

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Carol-HopkinsCarol Hopkins

Nozhem (“Mother Wolf”) of the Wolf Clan is from the Delaware First Nation of Moraviantown, Ontario. Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation. Carol came to this position from Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre Inc., a youth solvent abuse treatment centre that is founded on Indigenous culture and life ways, where she was the founding Director for 13 years. Carol’s work in the field of addictions also included serving as the Chairperson for the National Youth Solvent Addiction Committee (YSAC) from 2000 to 2007. Her strength in the health profession is the ability to blend western and Native traditional health and healing practices in a competent and responsive manner.