In accordance with Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, Phase 2 – Engaging with First Nations, Metis and urban aboriginal partners – The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) have been tasked by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) with engaging our communities, partners and membership/citizens to identify community mental health and addictions priorities. More specifically, to ensure input and advice from the First Nations, Métis and urban Aboriginal communities are incorporated into Phase 2 (Moving Forward) of Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.
As a result, you/your organization is cordially invited to attend an open house engagement session on : Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 10am-2pm
at: North Bay Indian Friendship Centre, Auditorium, 980 Cassells St, North Bay ON P1B 4A8. Note that refreshments and lunch will be provided.
This is an opportunity for the community and services providers to gather and discuss:
· What is working well?
· What are the needs?
· What are the gaps?
Additionally, we endeavour to hear your perspectives on:
· How can we build on existing initiatives?
· What culturally appropriate services are needed and where?
· What are the areas for enhanced cross-sector collaboration?
We are hopeful that you or a delegate can attend to provide your perspective and ideas on how you want to inform, strengthen and build upon mental health and addiction services in your community. Please feel free to invite community members/partners that we may have missed. For planning purposes, we ask that you confirm your attendance with: Melissa Pigeau- Community Healing and Wellness Coordinator, 705-474-2767 ext. 305 or firstname.lastname@example.org before March 21, 2016
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you!
Marsi, Thank you, Migwich, Merci,