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Topic 2 – Treatment Support – Indigenous

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First Nations Health Authority funds First Nations substance use and trauma recovery programs in BC. They also provide funding for travel to and from First Nations Treatment programs.

Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

Indigenous Treatment Centres in BC that are funded by the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP):

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Carrier Sekani Family Services: Holistic health and wellness services following a Life Cycle approach for the Carrier and Sekani peoples of North Central BC. Accepts men and women, all ages:

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Gya’WaTlabb Centre: Adult Men’s treatment centre in North West BC, Kitimat Village:

Gya’WaTlabb Centre

Round Lake Treatment Centre: 36-bed alcohol and drug treatment centre on the Okanagan First Nation near Vernon, BC. Round Lake is not a detox facility. Applicants need to have not used drugs or alcohol for at least 14 full days:

Round Lake Treatment Centre

Kachaamin Family Development Centre: Integrated support services for families affected by alcohol and drug use. Six-week inpatient program. Families reside in their own housing unit for 6 weeks. Learning Centre for school-aged children and daycare program for families with toddlers:

Kackaamin Family Development Centre

Namgis Substance Abuse Treatment Centre: Six week treatment program located in Alert Bay. Applicants need to have not used drugs or alcohol for at least 10 days:

Namgis Substance Abuse Treatment Centre

Nenqayni Wellness Centre: An 8-week Family Alcohol and Drug Program. The family program accommodates parents and children with a K-12 school and daycare for newborn to 4 years old children:

Nenqayni Wellness Centre

North Wind Healing Centre: Located in Dawson Creek, a bio-psycho-social affective-based treatment program that provides comprehensive addictions’ treatment for alcohol, drugs, prescription medication, sex, compulsive gambling, process addictions and cross-addictions between the above:

North Wind Healing Centre

Telmexw Awtexw Treatment Centre (Sts’ailes) First Nation: Located in Agassiz, a 28-day residential program for male adults age 19 and over dealing with substance misuse; nine-bed facility. Requires minimum seven days without substance use; applicants must have undergone medical detoxification:

Telmexw Awtexw Treatment Centre (Sts’ailes) First Nation

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Substance Abuse Treatment Centre, located in Lantzville, offers a 40 day substance use treatment program (Thuy Namut) and a 4 week second stage trauma recovery program (Kwunstsustul) for adults 19 years and older. A minimum of two weeks without substance use is required to be considered for admission:

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Treatment Centre

Wilp Si’Satxw House of Purificaation: Located in Kitwanga, the culturally-based, 14, 21, 28, 35, and 40 day treatment programs assist the participants in learning to use Indigenous culture and spirituality as a major tool to maintain sobriety. Different programs are offered for individuals, couples and families:


The following video is the story of a young Indigenous woman, Tamara, and her journey with problematic substance use and treatment.

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