T​he first First Nations mental health and wellness conference will be taking place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Mental health and substance abuse are major issues for the First Nations Community within Canada.

Elders, educators, well as community leaders and care providers amount to​hundreds of people

​will ​meet in Vancouver to discuss these issues in a formal conference setting. The difficulties can be focused on children as well provincial care.

The n​umber of suicides from opioid overdoses in First ​Nations communities are far​higher than the rest of the general BC ​population. Some note that things we see with things like suicides and deaths are symptoms of things such as century of assimilation policies and racism.

Grand Chief Doug Kelly, chair of the First Nations Health Council, said, “I’m full of good feelings and I’m full of hope because there’s 600 leaders and caregivers that want to make a difference… We’re dealing with some very difficult things.”  ​

The conversations will focus on pragmatic concerns, i.e., ​the tangible solutions to deal with mental health issues including those ​that could lead to a suicide or coping with opioids that are ​actually laced with fentanyl leading to an overdose death.

Mark Matthew, the manager of Engagement and coordination health authority,

​considers this a praiseworthy conference. H​e said,​ “It’s important that we talk about these difficult things because if we don’t start talking about them, how can the healing really start?”


Bellrichards, C. (2018, February 8). First of its kind First Nations mental health and wellness conference takes place in Vancouver. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/first-nations-mental-health-wellness-conference-1.4525865.

Scott Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen


Scott Douglas Jacobsen researches and presents independent panels, papers, and posters, and with varied research labs and groups, and part-time in landscaping (lifting, mowing, and raking) and gardening (digging, planting, and weeding). He founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He is a Tobis Fellow (2016) at the University of California, Irvine’s (UCI) Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center). He researches in the Learning Analytics Research Group, works as the Gordon Neighbourhood House Community Journalist/Blogger, researches and writes for the Marijuana Party of Canada, and is a contributor for The Voice Magazine. UCI Ethics Center awarded him with the distinction of Francisco Ayala Scholar (2014) for mentoring, presenting, researching, and writing. If you want to contact Scott, you may inquire or comment through e-mail: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.com.