The NNADAP Renewal Process is built on the recognition that Indigenous cultural meaning is often absent from the theoretical foundations that inform addictions and mental health practice. As such, it is recognized within renewal efforts that western world views, perspectives and assumptions have reinforced dominant cultural values and perspectives. While western theoretical frameworks are not without value for Indigenous peoples, this process is designed to ensure that the use of western based approaches is done with cultural competence and is culturally safe. To continue this important dialogue, the Forum featured two presentations on traditional and mainstream approaches, including their implications for Renewal.
Culture in Addiction Services (PDF) – Carol Hopkins
Building Better Practices to Treat Addictive Behaviours (PDF) – Wayne Skinner
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