About MAPS Canada

The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada is a registered, charitable, non-profit, Canadian organization. MAPS Canada was legally incorporated on July 11, 2011 with the goal of supporting MAPS USA; specifically, the MDMA phase two study which was a multi-country study and a site was being planned for Vancouver, Canada. We are committed to planning, conducting and publishing scientific research and education supporting the beneficial uses of psychedelic medicines, including treatment for medical conditions, neuroscience, creativity and spirituality. 

Vision

Canadians have safe access to the beneficial uses of psychedelic medicines.

Mission

Working with partners in government, business and community, MAPS Canada positions itself as the leading resource in the field of psychedelic medicine through multi-disciplinary research, public education and the training of psychedelic therapists.

Goals

  • • Stimulate psychedelic research that will enable the further mainstreaming of psychedelic medicine as legal prescriptions.
  • • Build a diverse community of researchers and mobilize a network of volunteers.
  • • Educate scientists, therapists, teachers, students, and policy makers.
  • • Create dynamic, safe, ethical, and respectful learning and working environments.
  • • Develop enhanced infrastructures to support innovation and applied research.
  • • Partner with academic, health, hospital and community organizations to support and enhance psychedelic research.
  • • Train therapists to provide psychedelic psychotherapy guided by best practices.
  • • Plan, conduct and publish scientific research.

 

Values

  • • Transparency: Information is shared openly and clearly. Communications are respectful, honest, and forthright.
  • • Passion and Perseverance: We persist in the face of challenges. We have a sense of urgency about our work, and know that it’s a long-term effort.
  • • Intelligent Risk: Our decisions are informed by research and experience. We try new things and learn from our mistakes.
  • • Trust and Accountability: We value integrity and honesty, and embrace the highest standards.
  • • Inclusivity and sharing: We encourage a wide range of academic and health organizations to participate in psychedelic research and share our protocols with other groups of researchers
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Major Accomplishments

  • Completed Phase 2 trials in 2015
  • Completed Phase 3 trials
  • • Trained therapists through MAPS USA for phase 3 trials in 2016- 2017
  • • Numerous successful fundraisers
  • • Frequent positive engagement of mainstream media
  • • Has initiated a MDMA assisted psychotherapy for eating disorder study.
  • • Supports an MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD within the context of couples’ clinical trial.
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MAPS Canada Diversity Vision Statement:

 

MAPS Canada is committed to collective liberation. This means that we work with diligence and focus towards the prescription use of psychedelics, and for broader access in a licensed legalization context. We seek to create a future where psychedelic experiences are widely accessible, in accordance with principles of the JEDI model (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion). We are especially concerned now with systemic racism. The disconnection from “others” that rationalizes and enables racism, is also a disconnection from nature/climate and one’s own self. Psychedelic healing and spiritual experiences help people feel connected to everything, and this experience can be a potential vaccine for genocide and ecocide. Our organizational contribution and challenge is focusing on legalizing psychedelics in an anti-racist manner.

We understand that the Diversity and Inclusion aspects of this approach is where we have the most immediate ability to create change. We need to increase our connections to other cultures and groups who have not normally been supportive of legalizing psychedelics and also those who have not had the privilege to experience the healing potential of these substances. Increasing diversity and inclusion in our organizations is a vital part of our growth. To do this work we need to do four things: 1) identify specific groups who would like to be part of our movement to legalize psychedelics, 2) Identify how the drug war has impacted communities of color and indigenous groups who could then be afraid to participate in psychedelic research and drug legalization initiatives. We must work to change our culture to feel more naturally inviting to these communities. 3) develop culturally literate materials exploring the benefits of psychedelic legalization (i.e. break cycles of trauma, insurance coverage for equitable access, create well paid medical and therapy jobs, catalyze spiritual experiences), 4) identify and train spokespersons and therapists who can reach out and form connections in the communities we have identified or who have contacted us so that they may inform us on how to deliver this care in a culturally sensitive manner. Empower these therapists to bring this work into the communities that they serve. Diversity and inclusion includes reaching out to a variety of cultures, communities and professions including indigenous communities, people of colour, first responders and the military. We know we will have succeeded in increasing diversity and inclusion if we see a wide range of ethnic and cultural representations presenting and participating in future conferences and in our therapists, subjects in research and patients in treatment.

In summary, we can do better, and are committed to evolving as a community. We acknowledge the immense, urgent importance of ending racism. Increasing diversity and inclusion in our organizations is a vital part of achieving our goal of legalizing psychedelics for healing, spiritual and celebratory experiences.