You are cordially invited to attend a screening of In This Heaven and an eminent panel on Thursday, October 8th. This special event is being hosted by the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University, the Northwest Region and Aboriginal Provincial System Support Program, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Matawa First Nations. The documentary film focuses on the challenges of opioid addiction and treatment in Ontario’s remote and rural First Nations communities. The event will be held at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay Campus, University Centre (Agora), Room UC-2011.
The screening will commence at 7p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion at 8p.m., including: Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, Nishnawbe Aski Nation; Mae Katt, Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner; James Morris, Executive Director, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority; Glenn Nolan, Vice-President, Aboriginal Affairs, Noront Resources: Chief Wayne Moonias, Neskantaga First Nation; and Dr. Christopher Mushquash, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Mental Health and Addiction at Lakehead University.
Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Vice Provost Aboriginal Initiatives, Lakehead University, will moderate the panel. The filmmaker, Candida Paltiel, will be in attendance and available to address questions from the audience.
This timely and important discussion will focus on the history and root causes of addiction in First Nation communities; the urgency for community based treatment and aftercare, including land based and culture based treatment; and the existing complexities and barriers that influence the way health care is delivered to First Nations.
Registration is free and open to the public at
We hope to see you there!