Webinar: Mental health strengths and needs among aboriginal peoples - lessons from the field

This webinar is part two of a two-part series focusing on mental health among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) populations. Part 1 of this webinar series laid the foundation and context, discussing possible reasons why rates of mental illness/addiction may be higher among this group, and also discussed the importance of cultural-relevancy in prevention/treatment efforts.

In this webinar (part 2 of 2) experts will provide lessons from the field and share their experiences reflecting on successes, challenges and opportunities of working in this area. This webinar will also discuss special considerations when working with FNIM populations, for example ensuring practices are wise (ie. culturally-relevant) and evidence-based.

Watch the webinar recording and download the presentation slides.

Webinar objectives:

  • Hear first-hand about the successes and challenges of engaging and working with FNIM populations
  • Discuss special considerations when working with FNIM populations
  • Provide practical advice for others working in this area
  • Demonstrate practical approaches health-care providers can employ when working with FNIM populations to engage them in a meaningful way

Webinar presenters: 

  • Mae Katt, Nurse Practitioner
  • Nina Desjardins, Consultant, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care
  • Brennan Ireland, Indigenous Certified Addictions Specialist, Addictions Counsellor, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre


Funding for this educational opportunity is provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This webinar series is co-hosted by the Opioid Resource Hub (PSSP/EENet) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.