MNBC is pleased to announce funding totaling $99,863.73 over two years from the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). The funding will be used for Cannabis si koom la Michinn, a new research project being launched by MNBC’s Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions.
The project will explore patterns of cannabis use among Métis as well as barriers that exist to accessing cannabis for therapeutic use. This project intends to reduce stigma around cannabis use and help inform the development of a Métis Mental Health and Substance Use Framework and a Métis Harm Reduction Framework. This work will build off the model developed for alcohol dialogues and will seek to build an online community to support Métis through cannabis use for both recreation and therapy and will be supported by researchers from the University of British Columbia as well as Interior Health and Fraser Health.
“This funding from the Mental Health Commission of Canada is a strong and important step for including Métis voices in critical research projects that help drive policy decisions that impact our communities. We are pleased to partner with MHCC and look forward to advancing the relationship further.” MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col
“Our research revealed there was little information about the harms and benefits of cannabis use specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. This gap is worthy of attention, and we’re pleased to be involved in closing it,” said Louise Bradley, president and CEO of the MHCC. “This is an important opportunity to support an Indigenous-led project that embeds the perspective of people who use cannabis, which will enrich our findings.”
“This project will allow us to explore new opportunities for access to cannabis as a means of therapy. We know that Métis people are disproportionately affected by chronic health conditions. We will be better able to understand cannabis with a Métis specific lens in order to support our Nation’s Health and well-being. Dr. Kate Elliott, MNBC Minister of Mental Health & Addictions