Renee Linklater, PhD

Renee Linklater, PhD

Renee Linklater, PhD is a member of Rainy River First Nations in Northwestern Ontario.  She has over 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal healing agencies and First Nation communities. Renee has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, educator/trainer, and researcher.

She is an international speaker on trauma and healing and is the author of Decolonizing trauma work: Indigenous stories and strategies. Renee is the Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach for the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and is actively involved in several system level initiatives across the province.

Dr. Allison Crawford

Image of Dr. Allison Crawford (CAMH)

Dr. Allison Crawford is co-Chair of ECHO Ontario Mental Health.  She is a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, where she is the Director of the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She has worked as a psychiatrist in Nunavut for 10 years.  Her research focus is on outreach and transcultural psychiatry, including: issues related to access and equity; cultural safety; collaborative and community-based care; and technology.

Current projects include: consulting to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, to create a Canadian National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy; and developing online educational resources on Inuit cultural safety and trauma-informed care ( She is on the Scientific Advisory Group to the Arctic Council, and consults to the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

Our interprofessional Hub is made up of specialists in the fields of mental health and addictions, and physical health.

Specialists include:

  • Elder;
  • General psychiatrist;
  • Addiction medicine physicians;
  • Indigenous social workers;
  • Other clinicians as requested.

Physicians selected for the Hub have substantive experience serving Indigenous communities in integrated care models.