Key Info




Wednesdays Weekly


12:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST

Target Audience:

Healthcare providers that serve First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis clients through Indigenous healthcare services or through organizations with focused programming for Indigenous communities

Fall Module:

October 27 - December 1, 2021

Winter Module:

January 5 - February 9, 2022

Session Structure:

Introductions & Announcements
(15 Minutes)

Didactic Presentation, Comments and Questions
(40 Minutes)

Case Discussion
(50 Minutes)

Library Questions & Wrap-Up
(15 Minutes)


Attend Weekly Sessions
(At Least 60%)

Present a Client Case

Participate in Group Discussions

Provide feedback about sessions and the overall program

Healthcare Resource Team:

Renee Linklater
Co-Lead & Director, Shkaabe Makwa

Allison Crawford
Co-Lead & Psychiatrist

Jonathan Bertram
Addiction Medicine Physician

Victor Vien

Heidi Maracle
Social Worker & Implementation Specialist

Kalli Marsel
Social Worker

James Makokis
Medical Director, Shkaabe Makwa

Cynthia White
Traditional Healer

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Wellness

Often approaches to wellness focus on medical ways of knowing to the exclusion of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis knowledge, values and practices for wellness. Support for healthcare providers to address mental health and addiction needs in a culturally-relevant way has been identified as a promising approach for the delivery of mental and physical health services in First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. 

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.

Cycle 5, launching in October 2021, will address mental health throughout the life cycle over 12 sessions split into a fall module and a winter module. The curriculum is posted below. Weekly virtual sessions feature a didactic presentation, as well as an interactive case discussion based on a case scenario provided by a participant from the community.

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.

Reasons to join this ECHO program include:

  • Increase your capacity in the management of mental and physical health and addictions in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis clients/patients
  • Receive no-cost recommendations from a knowledgeable, multidisciplinary community of practice
  • Reduce feelings of professional isolation
  • Reduce disparities in the quality of care for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis populations
  • Minimize the need for specialist appointments by providing expert level care in a local, culturally relevant environment
  • Receive a certificate of completion following the program
ECHO Ontario First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness Model of Care

Sample Curriculum Schedule for Fall Module (Oct - Dec 2021)

Introduction to the Integrated Model of Wellness, and Personal Care and Resilience

Grief and Loss

Ceremonies, Medicines and Rites of Passage for Wellness

Alcohol Use and Treatment

Affirming Trans and Gender Diverse Identities

#6 Depression

Sample Curriculum Schedule for Winter Module (Jan - Feb 2022)

Trauma Interventions

Safety in Ceremony and Unintended Consequences of Healing

Opioid Use and Treatment

Mixed Consequences of Crystal Meth Use

Culturally Informed Suicide Prevention

Flex Session: Topic TBD