On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 the University of Winnipeg History Department, The Riley Fellowship in Canadian History and the University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre presented
A documentary about a group that transformed Canada's psychiatric landscape. Vancouver’s MPA (Mental Patients Association) was formed in 1970-71 as a grassroots response to deinstitionalization and tragic gaps in community mental health. Inverting traditional mental health hierarchies, the group put former patients and sympathetic lay supporters in charge. MPA provided homes, work and a sense of belonging and self-determination to ex-patients.
Dr. Megan Davies (York University) working collaboratively with academic scholars and talented young artists and film-makers, a group of early MPA members created this 36-minute documentary. Provocative, passionate and engaging, our film has something important to say about social justice, community-building and mental health today.
The full compilation of the panel discussion, documentary and Megan Davies presentation is available under the Riley Fellowship Lecture Series page on our website. You can find the Inmates are Running the Asylum as Story One on this page and previous lecture series as subsequent stories.