Surveys can help support your community!

Complete a short survey to help communities understand the impact of substance use.

*The surveys are anonymous, and you can withdraw your participation at any time.

Thunderbird Partnership Foundation has developed community-based data collection and analytical tools that can be applied by Indigenous communities and treatment centres across the country.

Cannabis Survey for First Nations

This survey helps to better understand the community strengths and knowledge of cannabis use on First Nations in Canada, and its impacts through the perspective of Indigenous people. Data collected will not be analyzed on an individual basis, instead the surveys from communities and treatment centres are analyzed as a whole. The survey can be completed by community members aged 12 and older and treatment centre employees, using either SurveyMonkey, a tablet and/or a paper copy. It should take 15 to 25 minutes to complete. The survey contains questions about cannabis use, perceptions, beliefs and knowledge around cannabis and parental behaviours. In 2022, the Government of Canada released a report entitled “Summary from engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples: The Cannabis Act and its impacts” . This report summarizes the data Health Canada has collected about the relationship between cannabis and First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples. Within the report, there are discussion questions. The cannabis survey collects data that will help you:
  • Know if cannabis public education has reached your community members.
  • Learn your community members’ perspectives on cannabis.
  • Learn the proportion of your community members who have used cannabis, why they have used cannabis and how they obtained their cannabis.
  • Learn about your community member’s knowledge around your community’s practice concerning cannabis and any unwanted cannabis activities.
  • This data could be used to develop/modify cannabis education and policies for your community.
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Opioid and Methamphetamine Survey

There is limited information on the prevalence, severity, source of supply and social impacts of opioid and methamphetamine use amongst First Nations in Canada. The First Nations Opioid and Methamphetamine survey aims to better understand the impact of opioids and other substances in First Nations communities. It provides data about equity challenges, community perception, prevention programs, treatment interventions, strengths and resiliency within the communities.

Thunderbird adheres to the Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP)® principles of data collection. OCAP® Principles are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared and are now the Canadian standard for how to conduct research with First Nations.

If you would like to have the survey implemented in your community, we would sign an engagement contract that outlines how Thunderbird follows OCAP. Ideally, we would like to have 50 individuals from your community complete the survey. This will give us a big enough sample to generate your community’s report. All your community’s data will be returned to you.

Thunderbird is committed to working with First Nations to further the capacity of communities to address substance use and addiction. We promote a wholistic approach to healing and wellness that values culture, respect, community, and compassion. Our work is guided by the four components of mental wellness outlined within the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework of: Hope, Belonging, Meaning, and Purpose.