The Wanaki Center is a treatment facility for all First Nations and Inuit adults seeking to heal from alcohol and substance addiction. The center is located in the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community next to the town of Maniwaki, Quebec (Outaouais Region).
The center first opened its doors in 1991 with the mission to provide programming for substance abuse and to promote the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional well-being of the clients. The wellness services are provided over a 4 week period in French and English on a rotational basis.
The Center is governed by an independent Board of Directors consisting of one appointed member from each of the nine Algonquin First Nation communities of Western Quebec.
Over the years, Wanaki has continuously strived to be recognized as one of the leading treatment centers in the region of Quebec and Canada. From 1991 to 1997 we managed our center under an annual contribution agreement with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada’s National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP).
Since 1997, we entered into a new agreement process with Health Canada giving our center the full responsibility of our treatment program services and the financial flexibility to administer and manage its operations.
« Empowering First Nations and Inuit Peoples to live a balanced lifestyle. »
« The Wanaki Center is a specialized holistic service provider that promotes wellness through a quality, safe and culturally based program as a part of the continuum of care to support First Nations and Inuit Peoples to overcome addictions. »
We believe that individuals can begin a wellness journey
by demonstrating a willingness
to initiate sobriety and
a strong commitment to
a healthy new lifestyle.
Program Goal: To assist in achieving a healthy, new life, free from all dependence to alcohol and substances.
We believe it is necessary to help ourselves and others grow through our relationships.
Program Goal: To develop
self-confidence, build upon strengths and foster a
We believe that enriching
coping mechanisms and behaviours is necessary and requires a commitment.
Program Goal: Share information on alcohol and substance abuse and provide alternative coping mechanisms for life's challenges.
We believe the reality of a
good and healthy life is an ongoing journey to wellness.
Program Goal: To assist in the successful integration of the individual back into the community.