Shkaabe Makwa plays a key role in connecting with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and service providers across the province with a focus on:
Building relationships and collaborative partnerships;
Providing training to support workforce development;
Advancing culturally relevant systems initiatives; and
Improving practice through research and knowledge exchange.
Shkaabe Makwa collaborates with many programs across CAMH to develop and deliver training, implement system initiatives, coordinate knowledge exchange events and webinars, support Virtual Care services, resource for research projects and lead Indigenous engagement for CAMH programs and initiatives.
We believe that culture is central to healing and wellness
Welcome to the Shkaabe Makwa website! Over the years we have been building our team at CAMH. We are a dynamic group with staff from First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities – and our life stories represent great diversity and experience. We are excited about the opportunity to assist in moving forward wellness initiatives. We believe that culture is central to healing and wellness – and we are committed to bringing about change in ways that respect and honour traditional knowledge and community expertise.
Please visit our website often to learn about current initiatives, upcoming events and available resources.
As we move forward with CAMH’s Agenda for reconciliation, we put forth a new name and way of talking about our work that recognizes how we seek help and guidance from the Spirit World.
“We put forth this collection of our lived experiences as an offering...to advance the healing and wellness of Indigenous peoples.” — RENNIE LINKLATER, author of Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies
Connected in Creation is a wide-ranging anthology of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction written by fifteen First Nations and Métis staff at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. With powerful clarity and an abundance of wisdom, these writers speak of the hurt and losses of colonization, along with the hope, resilience, and fierce resistance found through Indigenous ways of knowing and healing. “There are many ceremonies, prayers, songs, dances, and medicines that inspire our Spirits to stay connected, to feel life, and to offer love for Creation,” Rennie Linklater writes in her prologue. These writings are among them.