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IT'S TIME Toolkit

The TEACH Project and the STOP Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) are pleased to share an exciting new tool kit titled IT'S TIME - Indigenous Tools and Strategies on Tobacco: Interventions, Medicines and Education. The goal for the tool-kit is to provide community workers, community members and others with culturally-relevant commercial tobacco cessation tools.

IT'S TIME is a model of collaboration and integration between mainstream cessation resources, and Indigenous ways of learning knowing.
This resource includes:
- Teaching Circle Guides
- First Nations art
- Interactive and fun group activities
- Craft-making
- Traditional tobacco teachings
- Audio recordings of collected quit journey stories (narrative healing)

The IT'S TIME tool-kit is organized into four Teaching Circles, focused on:
1) WHO - prevalence and demographics about who uses commercial tobacco
2) WHY - enhancing motivation for change
3) WHAT - knowledge about commercial and traditional tobacco
4) HOW - how to change use of commercial tobacco
This resource was developed in collaboration with an Engagement Circle of Indigenous community workers, practitioners and Elders. It was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport.
A diverse range of voices and perspectives were incorporated into the development of these materials, and we welcome your feedback and ideas as well. Please let us know what we can do to improve these materials by calling 416-535-8501 ext. 31600, or emailing
Please note that all of these materials can be freely copied, shared and adapted, in accordance with the First Nations Principles of Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP). Furthermore, please feel free to supplement the toolkit with your own materials. There are also CD-ROMs, as well as binders (at cost) available. We wish you all the best in sharing this resource with others!