October 20, 2022




Beyond Stigma: Nurturing Circles of Care


October 20, 2022





Captions available in Inuktitut [English (Ireland)], Mi’kmaq [English (United States)], English, and French



This animated video was created to explore the compounding effects of colonialism and institutional racism on the experience of stigma for Indigenous peoples with opioid use disorder. It addresses how stigma is experienced differently by everyone, and how we can work together to nurture circles of care and move beyond stigma. The project  was informed by lived experiences and in partnership with clinicians and academics. This video was endorsed and disseminated widely to both national and international audiences.

Due to captioning limitations on Vimeo, labels for most Indigenous languages are not available. As such, subtitles are labeled using alternate names as follows:

  • Cree – (to be added, currently available as a PDF file in the assets)
  • Inuktitut – labeled as English (Ireland)
  • Mi’kmaq – labeled as English (United States)

A discussion guide and worksheets (printer and PDF-friendly versions) are available to help facilitate reflection and discussion of the video:

Production of this video has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

Beyond Stigma © 2022
by Subject Matter Health Research Lab

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence

Project Team

Credits and Cast

Animation and Direction: Lily Fang
Sound and Music: Oliver Lewis

English Version
Narration: Denise Halfyard
Doctor: Mark Lee

Version Française
Traduction: Émilie Savard
Narration: Michele-Elise Burnett
Médicin: Eric Migneault

Cree Translation: Madelaine Kioke

Inuktitut Translation: Uuttuvak Consulting Incorporated

Mi'kmaq Translation and Narration: Barbara Paul

Developed by

Abhimanyu Sud, MD
Jacqueline Myers, BSP
Kirsten Dixon, MD
Lisa Poulin
Mindy Smith
Ashley Smoke
Julie Wilson
Kristan Ellis-MacDonald, NP
Meghan McGee, PhD
Sean LeBlanc

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health
Faces to the Sun Consulting Inc.
Saskatchewan Health Authority
Rx Files
Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Wagmatcook First Nation
Nova Scotia Health

Endorsed by

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Pain Canada
Pain BC
Native Women's Association of Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association
Project ECHO Ontario Chronic Pain
British Columbia Centre on Substance Use

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