Naandwe Miikan: Indigenous Community Participation in Addressing Opioid Addictions and Recovery

Author(s): Darrel Manitowabi, Laurentian University; Tim Ominika; Marion Maar, Medical Anthropology, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Sudbury, ON, Canada


In 2013, the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in north-eastern Ontario, Canada, initiated naandwe miikan (the helping path); a holistic case management model to address opioid addiction and recovery. Naandwe miikan is an intersectoral initiative blending the expertise of traditional knowledge holders/healers, community mental health practitioners, physicians, pharmacists and local administrative agencies. We examine how naandwe miikan is providing holistic treat- ment by reconnecting clients to land-based experiential activities such as storytelling of place, hunting, fishing, and camping.
Oral Presentation