In 1996, a National General Review of the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) was initiated to determine the overall effectiveness of the program. Prevention and treatment workers and other key stakeholders across the country were consulted. This Review was completed in 1998 in the form of a comprehensive report describing the findings and recommendations. To ensure that follow-up occurred on the Report’s major recommendations, the Report recommended the creation of regional committees and a representative National Committee.
Interim Partnership Committees
In keeping with the National NNADAP Review findings and recommendations, partnership committees between First Nations and Inuit and Health Canada were developed at the national and regional levels. In this partnership, First Nations and Inuit committee members brought their expertise and knowledge of addictions treatment and prevention and Health Canada provided resources and secretariat services.
The Interim National Partnership Committee consisted of key First Nation addictions representatives who were given the mandate by MSB in Ottawa to take on the task of developing a plan to implement the recommendations contained in the NNADAP Review on a national basis.
National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation
The National Partnership Committee was incorporated on January 31, 2000 as the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation Inc (NNAPF). This corporate form legally facilitated the Partnership’s capacity to actively pursue other sources of funding to assist in moving forward with the implementation plan arising from the NNADAP Review Recommendations.
The National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation (NNAPF) merged with the Native Mental Health Association of Canada (NMHAC) on June 25, 2015 to form the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation.
“Merging addictions and mental health groups just makes sense. Drug and alcohol addictions among Indigenous people is a serious health concern in Canada. A recent federal study found that a third of First Nations clients who entered treatment were diagnosed or suspected of having a mental health disorder.”– Chief Austin Bear, President of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation