Executive Director, Thunderbird Partnership Foundation (a division of the National Native Addictions Partnership Foundation)
Carol Hopkins has spent 20 years in the field of First Nations addictions and mental health. She holds both a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto and a degree in sacred Indigenous Knowledge, equivalent to a PhD in western based education systems. Ms. Hopkins also holds a sessional faculty position in the school of social work at Kings University College at Western University.
Ms. Hopkins has co-chaired national initiatives known for best practice in national policy review and development, resulting in the: First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework (FNMWC), the Honouring Our Strengths: A Renewed Framework to Address Substance Use Issues Among First Nations in Canada, the Indigenous Wellness Framework, and best practice guidelines for culturally based inhalant abuse treatment. Ms. Hopkins has also inspired the development of the Native Wellness Assessment. In recognition of this work, Ms. Hopkins received the Champions of Mental Health Award 2015 for Research/Clinician, the Health Canada Innovations Award, and was invited by Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, to join the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, Special Session on the World Drug Problem.