Ontario Brain Institute: Promoting mental wellness in Indigenous communities

Watch an impassioned conversation about mental health issues that are often at crisis levels
By TVO News - Published on September 22, 2017
Woman stands, smiling with arms crossed.
Suzanne Stewart of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute of Indigenous Health will speak at the Ontario Brain Institute event Tuesday. (OBI)



Centuries of displacement, poverty and racism have left many Indigenous communities struggling with severe mental health issues. Ongoing calls to address the disturbing number of suicides by Indigenous youth in Ontario's north attest to that. 

This coming Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., visit this page to watch a live stream of a two-hour event hosted by the Ontario Brain Institute featuring three people committed to tackling this serious problem: Carol Hopkins, executive director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, which works with Indigenous and Inuit communities to address substance abuse and addiction; Suzanne Stewart, director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto; and philanthropist and former neurosurgeon Michael Dan. The talk will also feature a question and answer session hosted by André Picard of the Globe and Mail. 

The conversation will delve into the impact of colonization, Indigenous perspectives on mental health, and will also offer a sense of hope amid an often bleak outlook by discussing the work already taking place in Ontario towards healing and mental wellness. 

The event is now over, but you can watch a replay by clicking "watch again" above.

"Promoting Mental Wellness in Indigenous Communities" is part of a series of public talks organized by the Ontario Brain Institute that will be streamed by TVO.