First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Wellness


 Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Ontario First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness promotes an integrated approach to health and wellness that values medical and Indigenous knowledges. Our vision is that ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Wellness will build a community of practice that addresses mental and physical wellness from the perspective of wholism, and support primary and community care providers in their support of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis clients/patients.


Location: Zoom Videoconferencing

Time: 12:00PM to 2:00PM EST

Length: 12 Sessions

When: Wednesday Afternoons (Weekly)

Target Audience: The program is for Ontario-based individuals that serve First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis clients/patients through Indigenous healthcare services/organizations. We also have limited space for those who serve Indigenous clients through organizations with significant focused programming for Indigenous communities.

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Below is a list of curriculum topics that are often featured in this program.

  1. Introduction to the Integrated Model of Wellness, Personal Care, and Resilience
  2. Grief and Loss
  3. Ceremonies, Medicines, and Rites of Passage for Wellness
  4. Alcohol Use and Treatment
  5. Affirming Trans and Gender Identities
  6. Depression
  7. Trauma Interventions
  8. Safety in Ceremony and Unintended Consequences of Healing
  9. Opioid Use and Treatment
  10. Mixed Consequences of Crystal Meth Use
  11. Culturally Informed Suicide Prevention
  12. Flex Session – Topic TBD Based on Program Needs


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**Note: Registration for the next round of programs will open in Summer 2022. 

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ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness Model of Care


Welcome, Introduction, and Announcements – 15 minutes

Didactic Presentation – 40 minutes

Case Discussion – 50 minutes

Addressing Outstanding Questions and Session Wrap-Up – 15 minutes


Attend 60% of program sessions

Present an anonymized case

Participate in group discussions

Provide feedback about the sessions and overall program



Our program sessions are run by an inter-professional Community Resource Team.

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These individuals make up our Community Resource Team:

  1.  Renee Linklater (Co-Lead & Director, Shkaabe Makwa) 
  2. Allison Crawford (Co-Lead & Psychiatrist)
  3. Jonathan Bertram (Addiction Medicine Physician)
  4. Victor Vien (Psychiatrist)
  5. Heidi Maracle (Social Worker & Implementation Specialist)
  6. Kalli Marsel (Social Worker)
  7. James Makokis (Medical Director, Shkaabe Makwa)
  8. Cynthia White (Traditional Healer)