Guiding Principles

Aligned with legislation, principles, and findings from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), we affirm that: 

1. Colonization and its resulting traumas directly impact wellness among Indigenous people including addictions and mental health

2. The opioid crisis is more than an issue of physical addiction, but also one of social disconnection and systematic harm against certain people

3. Health and other service providers have much to learn from Indigenous people whose communities have extensive experience and wisdom with healing from addiction 

4. Opioids are a relatively new drug that first entered Indigenous communities as prescription painkillers, meaning that medical health systems have a responsibility in helping communities to heal from opioids