Traditional Anishnaabe Worldview of Mental Health and Addiction
Presentation by Don Ense of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and Loretta Assinewai-Fox of Shkaabe Makwa, CAMH
Type of Event:
Non-CAMH Mental Health Events
February 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
60 White Squirrel Way
Reconciliation Working Group and Shkaabe Makwa present:
Traditional Annishnaabe Worldview of Mental Health and Addiction
by Don Ense & Loretta Assinewai-Fox
Don Ense graduated from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, in 2005 with degrees in Human Services and Sociology. He has worked in the social service field for the past 14 years at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto. Don specializes in Indigenous mental health, domestic violence, intergenerational trauma and addiction issues, and for several years has been the Men’s Treatment Worker and coordinator of the “In Search of the Peaceful Warrior” program.
Loretta Assinewai-Fox is an Ojibwe/Odawa mother/grandmother from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. She has been a helper/counsellor and a teacher for 28 years. She is fluent in Ojibwe/Odawa and has taught at elementary and post-secondary levels. No stranger to the impacts of alcohol, other sub¬stance abuse, and mental health issues, Loretta is a family caregiver with lived experience.
She is helping to raise her grandchildren to be well in¬formed about the changing world as it relates to alcohol, other drugs and mental health, while im¬mersing them in their Anishnaabe language and culture. Loretta is currently an Implementation Specialist with Shkaabe Makwa at CAMH.
The Shkaabe Makwa Speaker Series was developed with the generous support of Janis Rotman.