Mental Health and Addictions Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Mental Health and Addictions Program. The Program provides community based non-residential activities and services to individuals and families dealing with mental health and addictions issues. The Program provides culturally appropriate services that complement and link to existing services and programs within Métis communities. The goal of the Program is to help Métis citizens and their families access the care they need in a timely fashion within their own communities.

The Program offers a range of mental health and addiction services to Métis children, youth, adults, and their families across their lifespan from 0 to 100 years of age. This includes helping clients in need navigate the health care system and working on ways to reduce the stigma associated with Mental Health through direct support, educational gatherings, and community engagement. Through this Program Métis citizens and their families have access to a broad a range of confidential services provided by interdisciplinary mental health professionals. This includes psychotherapy services from professional psychologists; psychiatrists; psychotherapists; behavioural therapists; and addictions counsellors.

Counsellors are available for individual, family, and group counselling. The Program also provides access to occupational therapy services and speech therapy as well as family supports such as parenting coaches, education advocacy services; and tutoring supports. The process typically begins with an assessment from a trained mental health professional, usually a psychiatrist or psychologist. Following that initial assessment, a treatment plan is developed using a wide range of supports so that Métis citizens and their families can get the support they need and reach their full potential.

Services available through the Program include:

  • Screening and Assessment
  • Intake
  • Early Intervention
  • Referrals
  • Case Management
  • Post-Treatment Aftercare Support
  • Contemporary and traditional therapeutic interventions including Healing Circles and individual and group counselling
  • Mental wellness promotion and peer support

These services are client driven and are provided using a collaborative approach where members of the MNO Healing and Wellness Branch and Education and Training Branch work together to provide the right service at the right time to the right person within Métis communities. This includes working with the Education and Training Branch’s Educational Advocacy Support (ESA) Program. The ESA Program is there to help children and youth with identified educational needs.

In order to ensure that Métis communities across Ontario have equitable access to the care they need these services are offered through both in person face to face sessions and meetings as well as remotely through the Ontario Telemedicine Network’s video conferencing system. This is an important component of the program in that it allows for the timely delivery of Mental Health Assessments and increases access to psychiatric care in communities where care is not available or wait times are prolonged.

The Program is available to all Indigenous people in the following communities across Ontario:

  • Kingston
  • Fort Frances
  • Kenora
  • Dryden
  • Thunder Bay
  • Timmins
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sudbury
  • North Bay
  • Midland
  • Port McNicol
  • Bancroft
  • Maynooth
  • Ottawa
  • Hamilton
  • Windsor
  • More locations coming soon!

Mental Health and Addictions Community Program

In addition to the Mental Health and Addictions Program the MNO is also pleased to offer the Mental Health and Addictions Community Program. This Program is a single site community based program that was specifically designed to help reduce the stigma associated with Mental Health and create opportunities for Métis and other Indigenous people in Ontario to co-create coping mechanisms in a non-expert setting. Through this Program a cultural lens is applied in order to create connections between the clinical expert level supports that individuals and families may need to be involved with on their wellness journey.

Kingston Project

The MNO’s Mental Health and Addictions Program has a Project Partnership with the Providence Care Centre (PCC) in Kingston, Ontario. This Partnership includes the delivery of clinical services to Métis citizens and families in the area and increased access to Mental Health Professionals for Métis families in Kingston. The agreement also allows the PCC to provide training to the MNO Health and Wellness Branch. The Partnership also allows the MNO and the PCC to facilitate research on Métis Mental Health to help identify Best Practices in this area.

CONTACT: To access the MNO’s Mental Health and Addictions Program, the Mental Health and Addictions Community Program, or to make a referral please contact our Clinical Care Coordinator Stephanie Humphries by email at or by phone at 613–549-1674 Ext. 307. 

Updated: February 25, 2020