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screening and assessment tools

Trauma-informed substance use screening and assessment tools for First Nations and Inuit peoples

This screenshot is from a website which goes into detail about Health Canada’s Drug Treatment Funding Program. This project outlines a funded project focuses on the development of trauma-informed
substance use screening and assessment tools generated from the experience and expertise that exists in Ontario’s First Nations and Inuit communities. This can be used to investigate further t
ools that are being developed by and for First Nations and Inuit communities grounded in cultural rather than an adaptation of existing mainstream tools.

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screening and assessment for First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations

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This screenshot is from a website that, with support from the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre and Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach, Provincial System Support Program, CAMH, provides a webinar: New Tools for Screening and Assessment for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Populations. This tool can be used to assist in identifying and assessing First Nations individual child and youth needs and strengths.

native wellness assessment

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The Native Wellness AssessmentTM (NWATM) measures the effect of cultural interventions on a person’s wellness, from a whole person and strengths-based perspective. This tool can be used as a  a reliable measure of change in wellness over time, across all genders, age groups, and cultures. 

Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Assessment

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This is a PDF which is a literature review related to the use and effectiveness of assessment tools and procedures for Indigenous youth. This tool can be used to provide examples of approaches, processes, and efficacy of child development screening and assessment with Indigenous children.  


This article discusses “Aaniish Naa Gegii” (Ojibwe for “How are you?”), the tablet-based tool asks 62 questions across the four aspects of health represented by the Medicine Wheel: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. This tool can be  also known as the Aboriginal Children’s Health and Wellbeing Measure (ACHWM), to can be used to assess the needs of groups of young people. For example, it’s been used to measure the need for more school-based supports to address bullying. It’s also been used to evaluate existing programs and to identify individual kids in need of intervention.

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Mental Wellness workbook

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This workbook is takes findings from the Mental Wellness Toolkit for Front Line Workers document, along with other additional resources, to create a “hands on” tool that Yukon First Nation Health and Social Departments can draw information from, use in planning and support strategic planning within their home First Nation and amongst all Yukon First Nations. This tool can be used for program planning, project evaluation, proposal writing, and client support.

Native Counselling Services of Alberta 

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This tool from the NCSA assists Indigenous people in gaining fair and equitable access to the justice, children's services and corrections systems in Alberta. This tool provides educational resources that contribute the health and healing of Indigenous individuals, families, and communities.This tool can be used to help with children's services, help with at-risk youth and information on eduction. 


The Children & Youth Mental Health: National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS) Program Framework was developed based on a review of evidence-based suicide prevention approaches and existing prevention strategies. This tool can be used to access the best available evidence with respect to youth suicide prevention and ways to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for Indigenous youth suicide.

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Jordan's princple

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Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have.

Jordan's Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson. He was a young boy from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba.

Requests for Inuit children can be made through the Inuit Child First Initiative. This tool can be used to access public services in a way that is reflective of the distinct cultural needs of Indigenous peoples, takes full account of the historical disadvantage linked to colonization, and without experiencing any service denials, delays or disruptions because they are First Nations.

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