About Thunderbird

Thunderbird’s Goals

In summary, our work supports First Nations communities and people on their journey. We affirm the inherent strengths of the people and their cultures.

We support individuals and communities and their ability to make wise, evidence-based decisions based on self-determination and personal choice.

Indigenous culture helps us find unique views, perspectives, and strategies that are available to First Nations People and those who serve them.

When we draw from culture, we remember who we are.

We remember that our teachings are about taking care of each other.

We can build a vision for positivity and balance.

We can build practices and systems that support all aspects of wellness: mind, body, spirit, and emotions.

About Thunderbird

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is a national non-profit organization supporting First Nations in Canada with a mandate to implement Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Among First Nations in Canada (HOS, 2011) and the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum (FNMWC) framework (2015).  Thunderbird is dedicated to supporting and enhancing capacity of First Nations to address substance use and promote mental wellness through training and research.

The Wellness app was created by Thunderbird staff and content comes from Thunderbird’s existing resources and educational courses with support from Health Canada and other partners.

Our Beliefs and Principles

Shared Values

These values are shared by all stakeholders represented in the partnership:

  • Respect
  • Accommodating Cultural Diversity
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Trust
  • Family Strength
  • Humility
  • Wholistic approaches reflecting the interconnectedness of causes, consequences, and solutions

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