Welcome from the Director

Welcome to Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach's website! Over the past two years we have been building our team within the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). We are a dynamic group with staff from First Nations (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis communities – and our life stories represent great diversity and experience.    

We are excited about the opportunity to assist in moving forward systems improvement initiatives. We believe that culture is central to healing and wellness  - and we are committed to bringing about change in ways that respects and honours traditional knowledge and community expertise.

Please visit our website often to learn about current initiatives, upcoming events and available resources.


Renee Linklater

Join Mary Simon in celebrating #DifferenceMakers

Mary Simon wishes more people knew what she does – that mental illness is treatable.

The past president of Inuit Tapriit Kanatami (the National Inuit Organization), and current special representative on Arctic issues to the federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, believes we need to talk more openly about mental health so that more people understand this, and start to get the help they need, sooner.

That is why she decided to join the National Committee helping to drive CAMH’s new Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health initiative.

“I decided to become involved because talking about mental illness as we do other illnesses, publicly, helps all of us understand that there should be no stigma. It is a real illness that needs good support,” she says.

CAMH Difference Makers is a national initiative aiming to recognize and celebrate people from all parts of Canada for their efforts to make a difference in mental health.

Mary’s hope is that by casting such a wide net, the initiative will create space for people from a diversity of backgrounds and circumstances to have their stories heard.

The nominations she is most looking forward to receiving are those from “any one who can articulate how mental illness touches all of us.”

She also hopes people will nominate “people like me that have had it, and have faith that this is a treatable illness.”

Nominations for CAMH Difference Makers – 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health can be entered at www.camhdifferencemakers.ca from now until July 1st. Nominations are welcome for anyone who is making a difference in the mental health space, in any capacity, local or national.

Do you know a Difference Maker? Join Mary in helping to tell the stories of people positively impacting mental health by nominating and celebrating someone in your life. Visit www.camhdifferencemakers.ca and click “Start Your Nomination” today!

Project Profile

Decolonizing Trauma Work
Indigenous Stories and Strategies

Written by Dr. Renee Linklater

poster DTFP webinar

For a copy, please click here.

Current Opportunities

Manager, Aboriginal Engagement and Initiatives (Closed)

Aboriginal Engagement Lead, Northwest Region

2017 Chapin A 'sin Elder Vern Harper Award for Excellence in the Provision of Culturally-Based Practice (Nomination Info|Nomination Form)

Please direct any employment inquiries to Bonnie Dack, Bonnie.Dack@camh.ca.

For inquiries about the Vern Harper Award, please contact Katharine Irngaut, Katharine.Irngaut@camh.ca.


Training Opportunities


Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach (AEO) is committed to creating systems change and improving health outcomes through the provision of innovative, culturally grounded, strengths-focused training for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. To find out more about AEO training opportunities, click here

Most Recent Release

cover of Guiding Directions

Over the span of 18 months, CAMH has engaged Aboriginal leaders, organizations, service providers and communities as well as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff at CAMH to develop Guiding Directions: A plan to strengthen our practices and partnerships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples

Guiding Directions has four primary directions intended to:

  • build our internal capacity and structures
  • improve collaborative partnerships
  • enhance culturally responsive clinical support and
  • support capacity development, research and knowledge exchange.


To read the full document, click here.

Project Profile: Mobile Training Teams Initiative (MTTI)


To learn more about the training opportunities offered through the Mobile Training Teams Initiative (MTTI), click here. If you have questions about MTTI, contact Lisa Wabange, the Regional Aboriginal Training Coordinator.