Nozhem, of the Wolf Clan, is from the Delaware First Nation of Moraviantown, Ontario. She is the mother of 4 and grandmother of 9.
Carol Hopkins is the Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mandate is drawn from the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework and the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations People In Canada.
Carol has spent more than 20 years in the field of First Nations addictions and mental health. She holds both a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in sacred Indigenous Knowledge, equivalent to a PhD in Western-based education systems. Carol also holds a sessional faculty position in the School of Social Work at Kings University College at Western University.
Carol has co-chaired national initiatives known for best practices in national policy review and development, resulting in the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (FNMWC), the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations People in Canada, the Indigenous Wellness Framework, and best practice guidelines for culturally based inhalant abuse treatment. Carol has also inspired the development of the Native Wellness AssessmentTM. In recognition of this work, Carol received the Champions of Mental Health Award in 2015 for Research/Clinician, the Health Canada Innovations Award, is a member of the leadership advisory council to the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and was invited by the Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, to join the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Session on the World Drug Problem in 2016.