22 episodes

This podcast aims to seek and share insight about Indigenous addictions and mental health issues. It takes a fearless approach in exploring the tough issues with some of the leading voices in Indigenous wellness.

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Mino Bimaadiziwin Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

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This podcast aims to seek and share insight about Indigenous addictions and mental health issues. It takes a fearless approach in exploring the tough issues with some of the leading voices in Indigenous wellness.

thunderbirdpf.org

    Ep 22: Leading the Way - Health Transformation and the Anishinabek Nation

    Ep 22: Leading the Way - Health Transformation and the Anishinabek Nation

    "If we took control of our own health, and if we took control of our programs, our services, our funding and redistributed the way we see fit and works with our people, our health outcomes for our people would be much better."Carol Hopkins is thrilled to be joined on this important episode on First Nations health transformation by two experts, Loretta Nootchai and John Scherebnyj.Loretta is a Health Transformation Project Manager with the Anishinabek Nation.John is President of White Rock Consulting, and has decades of experience in finance and management in the health sector, with a particular focus with First Nations.They are helping lead the health transformation that has been ongoing in the Anishinabek Nation since 2016, with the aim to gain greater control over their health and wellness, consistent with the inherent right to self-determination. For more on the work of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, please visit our website at www.thunderbirdpf.org (www.thunderbirdpf.org)You can find us on social media by searching for ThunderbirdPF  Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.  Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

    • 1 hr
    Ep 21: Safer Opioid Supply with Dr Andrea Sereda

    Ep 21: Safer Opioid Supply with Dr Andrea Sereda

    Dr Andrea Sereda is Carol Hopkin's guest discussing safer opioid supply, addiction and recovery on this episode of Mino Bimaadiziwin. Dr Sereda is the lead physician at the London, Ontario Intercommunity Health Centre’s Health Outreach program and she is the founding physician for Safer Opioid Supply, which provides pharmaceutical grade opioids to people dependent on unregulated street fentanyl. In her work, Dr. Sereda focuses on caring for people who use drugs, people deprived of housing, women in the survival sex trade, as well as medical street outreach and care in non-traditional settings such as shelters and jails.Her program, Safer Opioid Supply, is a Health Canada recognized and funded, Substance Use and Addiction Program.It is considered a pillar of the Federal government’s approach to the overdose crisis.To learn more about safer supply, please visit the National Safer Supply Community of Practice website at https://www.nss-aps.ca/ (https://www.nss-aps.ca/)For more on the work of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, please visit our website at www.thunderbirdpf.org (www.thunderbirdpf.org) You can find us on social media by searching for ThunderbirdPF  Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.  Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

    • 45 min
    Ep 20: Wanaki Centre - An Inuit and First Nations Addiction Treatment Centre with Gilbert Whiteduck and Jamie Carle

    Ep 20: Wanaki Centre - An Inuit and First Nations Addiction Treatment Centre with Gilbert Whiteduck and Jamie Carle

    Carol is thrilled to be joined by Gilbert Whiteduck andJamie Carle for another in our series of discussions about successful Indigenous Treatment Centres and what lessons they provide. Gilbert and Jamie are the Program and Services Team Lead and Nurse, respectively, delivering harm reduction programing at Wanaki Centre, located in the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community next to the town of Maniwaki, Quebec. Under their leadership, Wanaki was granted Accreditation of Exemplary Status in the Qmentum program of Accreditation Canada, an impressive achievement. The Wanaki Center provides an important wellness program that supports First Nation and Inuit people to discover the strengths they carry and learn how to balance life's challenges, seeking to heal from alcohol and substance addiction.​The center first opened its doors in 1991 with the mission to provideprogramming for substance abuse and to promote the physical,mental, spiritual and emotional well-being for First Nations and Inuitpopulations. The wellness services are provided over a 4-weekperiod in French and English on a rotational basis.Gilbert Whiteduck is Anishinabek from the Kitigan Zibi First Nation. He has served as chief of his community. He holds a bachelor of social work, a bachelor and masters of education, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa. He is currently completing an Indigenous law certificate from University of Ottawa. He has worked as a clinical coordinator, residential counselor and now as the program and services team lead at the Wanaki Centre.Jamie Carle is a nurse from the Kitigan Zibi. Jamie has been a nurse for over ten years in her community and is passionate about Indigenous health. Her work has included acute care palliative care, community care, maternal and child health, midwifery and she now works in treatment of substance abuse..For more on the work of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, please visit our website at www.thunderbirdpf.org (www.thunderbirdpf.org)You can find us on social media by searching for ThunderbirdPF  Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.  Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation

    • 54 min
    Ep 19: Virtual Treatment Centres for Drug and Alcohol Addiction with Wanda Smith

    Ep 19: Virtual Treatment Centres for Drug and Alcohol Addiction with Wanda Smith

    What role does Virtual Treatment play in drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation? A fire four-and-a-half years ago at the Native Horizons Treatment Centre in the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation meant they had to find that out well before COVID made virtual care a widespread reality. Their Executive Director, Wanda Smith, joins host Carol Hopkins for a discussion on what she and her team have learned in those years, including what differences virtual outreach treatment services have made to programming and clients, are thereinnovations arising from virtual treatment delivery, and how have connections to culture been facilitated through virtual services?For 35 years Wanda Smith has been the Executive Director for Native Horizons Treatment Centre. Her career in the field of First Nations addictions has spanned 45 years in various positions from Community Youth Counsellor, to Native Addictions Program Teaching Master at Northern College in Timmins, to Executive Director for White Buffalo Youth Treatment Centre, Sturgeon Lake, Saskatchewan. Native Horizons focuses on healing individuals, families andcommunities challenged by substance use and the related mentalhealth issues for over thirty years. It does this with virtual andResidential, culturally-centered services in a nurturing, home-likeatmosphere, ideal for long-lasting healthy lifestyles.For more on the work of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, please visit our website at www.thunderbirdpf.org (www.thunderbirdpf.org%C2%A0)You can find us on social media by searching for ThunderbirdPF  Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.  Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

    • 47 min
    Ep 18: "Doing What You Gotta Do For Your People" - Theresa Crow-Spreading-His-Wings and Sandra Malcolm

    Ep 18: "Doing What You Gotta Do For Your People" - Theresa Crow-Spreading-His-Wings and Sandra Malcolm

    Host Carol Hopkins is very happy to be joined by Theresa Crow-Spreading-His-Wings and Sandra Malcolm from the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba, for a lively and fascinating discussion about the addictions workforce, specifically the certification in addictions core competencies and the investment their organization is making in their workforce. They also talk about the role of treatment centers in addressing the opioid and meth addiction crisis faced by many First Nations and the importance of traditional knowledge and ceremony in that. This conversation is part of a series of conversations highlighting the good work of First Nations treatment centres in offering quality services. Theresa is the Executive Director of NACM. She is a Blackfoot First Nations woman from the Blood Tribe in Treaty 7 Territory in Standoff, Alberta. Theresa grew up in the Child Welfare System, as part of the 60’s scoop and the heart-work of her healing journey has been anchored in being a mother of two adult children and two grandchildren. Theresa moved to Winnipeg in 2004 where she has been serving the inner-city community, as an advocate for adults, youth and families that are struggling with addictions, poverty and mental wellbeing.Sandra Malcolm is the Program Coordinator at NACM. Sandra’s background is in nursing and specialization in mental health and addiction. She obtained extensive experience working in a variety of addiction treatment centers, health sectors, and with marginalized individuals struggling with addictions and mental health challenges.  For more on the work of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, please visit our website at www.thunderbirdpf.org (www.thunderbirdpf.org) You can find us on social media by searching for ThunderbirdPF  Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.  Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

    • 54 min
    Ep 17: Training and Accreditation in First Nation's Youth Treatment Centres with Deb Dell and Karen Main

    Ep 17: Training and Accreditation in First Nation's Youth Treatment Centres with Deb Dell and Karen Main

    Host Carol Hopkins is thrilled to be joined by Deb Dell and Karen Main in a conversation highlighting the quality of addictions services for First Nations youth, how they know there is quality, what that looks like and their processes for facilitating continuous improvements.Karen and Deb both work with YSAC, a network of 10 First Nation Youth Residential Treatment Centres across Canada, offering holistic, culturally grounded addiction services that are centred in First Nations ways of knowing and being. For 27 years Debra Dell has been working at the Y-S-A-C and at its member centres. She is a founding member and currently the organizations Executive Director. She focuses on research and practises quality, as well as human resource training and competency work. She has a dual masters in counselling psychology and adult education and a doctorate in distance education. She is a first generation settler from Scotland who works in Treaty Six territory in Saskatchewan. Karen Main is Associate Director for the Y-S-A-C where her focus is providing support to their ten centres in accreditation, board governance and life promotion training programs. She spent 15 years as Executive Director of Leading Thunderbird Lodge – part of the Y-S-A-C network.She is a proud member of the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation in southern Saskatchewan.***And related to this conversation, please take a moment to take part in The​ Standards Council of Canada and the Mental Health and Substance Use Standardization Collaborative, questionnaire related to mental health and substance use from the perspective of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. The questionnaire can be accessed through the following link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VCMHZQL (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VCMHZQL)Mahihkan Management has been contracted to create awareness among First Nations, Inuit, and Metis knowledge holders, and mental health and substance use experts, and allied professionals to gatherinformation about mental health and substance use services. This information will be used to inform a report on standardization of Mental Health and Substance Use Health services and other future work.Please complete the survey before June 30th. Further engagement sessions will take place in the fall.For more on the work of Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, please visit our website at www.thunderbirdpf.orgYou can find us on social media by searching for ThunderbirdPF  Mino Bimaadiziwin is produced by the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and David McGuffin of Explore Podcast Productions.  Our theme music is by Courtney Riley, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

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