Mental Health and Addictions Program

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Mental Health and Addictions Program. The Program offers a wide range of services and supports 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.

Services available through the Program include:

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


These services are offered by Métis clinicians who provide services using a Métis cultural lens. 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.When necessary program staff also work to connect clients with the MNO’s Education and Training Branch so that they can make use of the MNO’s Educational Advocacy Support Program (ESA). The ESA Program helps children and youth with identified educational needs reach their full potential. 

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

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 in Kingston, Ontario. 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.

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 Team Lead Stephanie Humphries by email at video@metisnation.org or by phone at 613–549-1674 Ext. 307. 

Updated: March 31, 2020