Regional Needs Assessments

British Columbia Region
The British Columbia Region’s Regional Needs Assessment engaged approximately 125 individuals in the data collection process. Interviews were conducted with 12 Health Directors and 12 treatment centre staff representing 6 treatment centres. In addition, 62 community members and 47 NNADAP workers responded to on-line surveys The British Columbia’s Regional Needs Assessment was overseen by a steering committee comprised of community members, as well as representatives from the Association of BC First Nations Treatment Directors, Northern Health Authority, Stehiyaq Aboriginal Healing Society, Aboriginal and Community Relations and Child and Youth BC. The contract for the Regional Needs Assessment was administered by the First Nations Health Council in BC, with the support of FNIH BC Region.
Alberta Region
Alberta’s Regional Needs Assessment engaged approximately 400 individuals in the data collection process. Community members took part in 44 focus groups in 14 First Nations and other key sites. The process for gathering data also included a literature review, personal interviews with key stakeholders in the provincial health and addictions services and Aboriginal community stakeholders. Surveys were completed by 127 services providers (54 of the respondents were NNADAP Workers, 29 were other health care professionals working in the community and 44 were other interested community members). The project was overseen by a ten member advisory committee with representatives from each of Alberta’s three treaty areas and from the First Nation Inuit Health Alberta Region. The Regional Mental Health and Addictions Sub Committee (under Alberta’s co-management structure) guided the process and acted in an advisory capacity throughout the needs assessment process.
Saskatchewan Region
Saskatchewan’s Regional Needs Assessment engaged over 140 individuals in the data collection process. Interviews were conducted with 35 individuals including treatment centre directors, tribal council health directors, tribal council addictions workers, mental health therapists, and other NNADAP partners. Talking Circles were held in 6 communities in the Saskatchewan Region. Two Talking Circles, one with adults and one with youth, were conducted in each of these communities. In total, 111 surveys were completed in the Saskatchewan Region. The Regional Needs Assessment was guided and supported by the Oversight Committee, which was made up of community representatives, service providers, directors, treatment centre representatives, representatives of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the Province of Saskatchewan.
Manitoba Region
Manitoba’s Regional Needs Assessment engaged over 200 individuals in the data collection process. In total, 159 community members took part in 16 focus groups and 49 clients completed 49 surveys. The Manitoba First Nations Addictions Committee, comprised of Tribal council Coordinators, Treatment Centre Directors, Independent First Nation Representatives, and the First Nation Inuit Health Coordinator, informed and guided the needs assessment process. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs worked in collaboration with FNIH Manitoba Region to oversee the Regional Needs Assessment process.
Ontario Region
Ontario’s Regional Needs Assessment engaged over 300 individuals in the data collection process. In total, 198 community members and 87 NNADAP workers took part in focus groups. Surveys were completed by 38 NNADAP workers and Health Directors. Forty key informant interviews were held throughout the Ontario Region. Data collection also included an extensive review of relevant literature. Ontario’s Regional Needs Assessment was guided by an Advisory Committee composed of representatives of Ontario First Nations, The Ontario Regional Addictions Partnership committee, and First Nation and Inuit Health Ontario Region. The Chiefs of Ontario worked in collaboration with FNIH ON Region to oversee the Regional Needs Assessment process.
Quebec Region
Quebec’s Regional Needs Assessment engaged over 88 people in the data collection process. Forty community members, representing First Nation Health Nurses, treatment centre agents, managers and special education program directors, took part in focus groups. Surveys were completed by members of the Abénakis, Algonquin, Atikamekw, Crees, Huron-Wendats, Innus, Micmacs, Mohawks and Naskapis Nations. The Quebec Network Group, comprised of representatives from treatment centres, Health and Social Services of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador and First Nation Inuit Health (FNIH) Quebec Region, guided and supported the Regional Needs Assessment process in Quebec. The Health and Social Services of First Nations of Québec and Labrador worked in collaboration with FNIH Quebec Region to oversee the Regional Needs Assessment process.
Atlantic Region
The Atlantic Region’s Needs Assessment engaged approximately 350 individuals in the data collection process. Community members took part in 15 meetings in 10 Aboriginal communities and 11 meetings in 6 urban centres. As well, 25 face-to-face interviews and 25 telephone interviews were conducted with treatment directors, health directors, community leadership, addiction researchers and policy analysts, and community members. In total, 201 surveys were completed: 83 by community members, 24 by youth, 56 by NNADAP workers, and 38 by partners (5 members of the advisory panel, 12 members of the Atlantic Partnership Committee, 3 health directors, 8 policy analysts, 3 people in leadership roles and 7 researchers). The Atlantic Region’s Regional Needs Assessment was overseen by an advisory group comprised of 2 First Nation Inuit Health Regional representatives and 5 community members. The Atlantic Policy Congress, along with the Regional Addiction Partnership Committee and the Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselling Association, worked in collaboration with FNIH Atlantic Region to guide the Regional Needs Assessment process.
In addition
A document titled “Common Themes from the Regional Needs Assessment Reports and the January 2010 NNADAP Renewal National Forum” (PDF) synthesizes the recommendations that emerged from the regional needs assessments and the NNADAP Renewal Forum and highlights common themes between regions.

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