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To keep people up to date with our trips, trainings, and conferences, the LTOA team has developed a blog site for those interested. Please visit it to keep up to date with what we've been doing! 


As well, we are starting a quarterly newsletter. Click here to view our first issue: PDF icon LTOA Summer Newsletter 2019

Towards Phase 3 (2015-18)

On November 7th 2014, we submitted an Application Form to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to extend our funding until 2018 (Phase 3). The document contained Letters of Support from all 5 of our First Nation partners. In order to scale-up, we are now negotiating with new communities and additional First Nations. The next step is to answer questions from an expert-panel formed by the PHAC during a teleconference that will be held between December 1st and 4th 2014.

For more information, please click on: Toward Phase 3 (2015-18)’


Laurence Kirmayer, Stéphane Dandeneau, Elizabeth Marshall, Morgan Kahentonni Phillips and Karla Jessen Williamson recently published the article "Toward an Ecology of Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Resilience" in The Social Ecology of Resilience. They write that Indigenous peoples have their own unique cultures and histories, and that their historical rootedness can help them cope with the profound obstacles resulting from colonization and the political oppression and bureaucratic control that followed. In this article, the authors incorporate material from collaborative work in Cree, Inuit, Mohawk, Mi’kmaq and Métis communities to explore how cultural ideologies, institutions, and practices sustain processes associated with resilience. Read the article here.


McGill University is pleased to announce additional funding from the Public Health Agency Canada (PHAC) for the Culturally-Based, Family-Centered Mental Health Promotion for Aboriginal Youth Project. The funding allows the project to build on the ongoing intervention to develop a toolkit for cultural adaptation of interventions for mental health promotion.

As part of PHAC’s Innovation Strategy, McGill University, Connect the Dots British Columbia and Healthy Living Manitoba will partner in this additional project that will involve a survey of cultural adaptation and mental health interventions in Canada leading to a toolkit on cultural adaptation for government agencies, communities and non-governmental organizations. 

While the project focuses on cultural adaptation in work with Aboriginal communities, it will also share insight with the wider mental health community and will be beneficial for organizations working with immigrant, refugees and other diverse communities. 


How Useful is the Capabilities Approach in Global Mental Health

Lynn Friedli, Ph.D.

February 17, 2012

Recent WHO report by Dr. Friedli.