Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong to offer Mental Health Aid Training

Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong is pleased to announce today the offering of Mental Health First Aid Training among Treaty #3 First Nation frontline staff.
Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong partnered with Bimose Tribal Council, Kenora Chiefs Advisory and other local Aboriginal agencies to train over 400 frontline staff in the Treaty #3 area including mental health workers, prevention workers, teachers, and other professions who have direct client contact.
Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong’s vision is to provide "trained Anishinaabeg working toward a strong Treaty #3 Nation." By establishing training in local First Nation communities, frontline staff will be able to recognize symptoms of mental health issues sooner and refer clients for appropriate services in the area.
This training is being funded through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund, part of the Bell Mental Health Initiative. Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong received a grant for $50,000.
"Bell is extremely pleased to lend our support to Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong and the 60 other community organizations across the country that are part of the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund this year," said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Mental Health Initiative. "Each of these groups is truly making a difference at the grassroots level. We’re very proud to be helping them provide much needed resources to enhance mental health services and programs for those affected by mental illness."
The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant will cover the purchase of training manuals and a trainer for the recognized program put out by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
On behalf of Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund for their financial support of this project. Frontline staff will be better trained in understanding and recognizing mental illness in their clients and steps to take to address it. This grant will potentially reach over 4000 clients. Without this grant, this training would not have been possible.
The Bell Mental Health Initiative is a multi-year charitable program that promotes mental health across Canada via the Bell Let's Talk anti-stigma campaign and support for community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more, please visit
For more information please feel free to contact:
Contact name: April Medwechuk
Program Manager, Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong
807-468-2030 Phone
807-468-1813 Fax Email
Contact Name: Jacqueline Michelis
Bell Media Relations, Bell Canada
Bell Mental Health Initiative
855-785-1427 Phone Email