Addictions Don't Discriminate

In Edmonton, the drug-poisoning crisis has brought substance use-related issues to the forefront and illuminated the reality that stigma and misconceptions around addiction are still common.

Addictions Don’t Discriminate is an interactive exhibit rooted in stories of lived experiences around addiction. The exhibit is designed to inspire understanding, empathy and action. Through the power of storytelling, this exhibit offers a glimpse into the complex world of addiction, uncovering the human experience that lies beneath the statistics and stigma. Six unique stories, showcased in connection to one another, push us to look beyond someone’s substance use and into the lived experience of each individual with empathy and compassion, to help us understand that Addictions Don’t Discriminate.


We created 6 Journey Maps in collaboration with the Addictions Don’t Discriminate Steering Committee. For more information and resources about addictions and the exhibit please visit the website

Addictions Don't Discriminate

Ethan's Journey Map

Tyler's Journey Map

Vanessa's Journey Map

Nicole's Journey Map

Jordan's Journey Map

Action Alliance For Youth Inclusion
(AAYI) Youth Bans


Action Alliance For Youth Inclusion
(AAYI) Youth to the E.R.

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Alberta Health Services My Visit to the E.R.

Building Our COR (Common Outcomes Report) Community

Community Mental Health Action Plan Journey Map

We created a Journey Map in collaboration with the Community Mental Health Action Plan. We used this creative method to capture the progress and challenges of the implementation of the Action Plan. There are many details to explore on the map.

Mothering in the Shadow of Domestic Violence

Nitotemak - Bent Arrow Kinship Program

M.A.P.S. was honoured to collaborate with Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society in the co-creation of the Nitotemak Journey Map. This map illustrates the journey of a child as they enter and move through the Bent Arrow Kinship Program: NITOTEMAK.

Several cultural elements were incorporated into the map. Teepees, found along the path, signify resources and supports available to the child and family. Medicine wheels, placed atop an image, highlight sacred practices and ceremonies. Grandfather rock, which is also found along the path, symbolizes connection to our ancestors. The 7 Sacred Teachings appear as text on the arms and legs of the turtle and as animal icons on the path, near images where that quality is observed. The overall layout of the map represents Turtle Island and is a reminder of cultural identity and deep connection to the earth.

In the centre of the map we see the Awasis, where the child grows and develops in the mother’s womb and prepares to enter the world. A sunburst, representing the life force and energy of the Awasis, emanates from the family tree. The tree informs of the child’s lineage and represents the family’s deep connection to the land, with roots that reach deep into Mother Earth. The family tree also symbolizes the Sundance model, with the child and its biological parents at the centre. The middle ring includes extended family members such as grandparents, siblings of the parents, and the child’s cousins. The outer circle represents members of the community.

The bent arrow at the beginning of the path shows the direction of movement into and through the Nitotemak program. Please click the link/map below to view the full sized Nitotemak Journey Map.

Engaging Newcomers


Phase III Family Violence Support Group

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