Our program cycle has a duration of four (4) weeks. We are a 12 bed facility. Our treatment services are offered in both french and english. If you would like to submit an application to us please take a look at our yearly calendar. Here you will find your appropriate language cycle. The Wanaki Center's approach to treatment is a mix of CBT cognitive behavioral therapy and Anishnabe teachings based on the 4 aspects: mental, emotional, physical & spiritual. We invite all Nations from turtle island. 

Treatment

program

Cultural component

WEEK 1

  • Opening of Sacred Fire

  • Teachings on the Drum

  • Workshop on sewing

  • Sweat lodge preparation

  • Introduction to traditional medicines 

  • Hand drum teachings

  • Beaver Trapping (Seasonal)

  • Rabbit Snares (Seasonal)

  • Harvest of Cedar and Balsam (Sweatlodge)

 

WEEK 2

  • Sweat lodge ceremony

  • DPJ/CAS and traditional family lifestyle

  • hand drum teachings

  • Pride of our nation

  • Teachings and fabrication of Medicine Wheel

  • Water ceremony

  • Grieving Bags 

  • Dream Catchers

  • Seasonal activity ( Birch Bark Harvest)

  • Maple Syrup (Seasonal)

 

WEEK 3​

  • Healing Circle with Elder (Separated male, female)

  • Hand drum teachings 

  • Outside cooking with tea and bannock wild meat (Seasonal)

  • Snares (Seasonal) 

 

WEEK 4

  • Survival Workshop (Outdoors/Seasonal)

  • Pride of our Nation Presentation

  • Sweat lodge preparation

  • Sweat lodge ceremony 

  • Closing of sacred fire

  • Hand drum presentation 

  • Moose Call making (Seasonal)

  • Snowshoeing (Seasonal)

  • Day trips to La Verendrye Park (if practicable)

Program

WEEK 1: MY ADDICTIONS AND COMMUNICATION

  • Orientation

  • Now we are sober

  • 7 grandfather teachings

  • Growing up in an unhealthy environment

  • Stages of use

  • Communication and conflict 

  • About myself 

  • Slow down skills

  • Individual client sessions

  • What can I use? 

 

WEEK 2: EXPRESSING MY EMOTIONS

  • Defense mechanisms

  • Anger/Resentment 

  • Suicide/Grief

  • Family tree 

  • Sharing motivation letter

  • Self esteem 

  • Our story

  • Residential school and youth protection 

  • Individual client sessions

  • What can I use?

 

WEEK 3: MYSELF AND MY FAMILY

  • Anxiety

  • Violence

  • Families experiencing difficulties 

  • Understanding trauma 

  • Attitudes

  • Dependent relationships 

  • Parenting

  • Residential school sharing on oppression 

  • Motivation and inspiration 

  • Changes in behavior

  • Relapse prevention 

  • Wellness plan 

  • Basic budget preparation

  • Individual client activities 

  • What can I use?

  • Functional tree 

 

WEEK 4: LIFE SKILLS & PREPARING FOR HOME

  • Healthy  and unhealthy relationships

  • Social media dependency 

  • Youth protection

  • Gambling problems

  • Healthy sexuality

The Wanaki Center admissions are completed following the application evaluations and on a first come first served basis. Services are admissible to all adult First Nations and Inuit in Canada living on and off reserve.

 

Each treatment program is four (4) weeks in duration and there are eight (8) program cycles provided per year. A (1) week Relapse Prevention Bilingual Program is offered twice per year in the month of December and June. Since 2006 our French / English treatment program cycles are held on a rotational basis.

Support Services

Wanaki Center will sometimes work with volunteers, resource people and other care providers (for example: elders, traditional and spiritual teachers, nurses, doctors and other professionals). These resources are complementary to help delivery certain program components requirements.

 

These individuals play a complementary role and are ready for our clients should they require their services.​

Volunteers, resource people and all care providers must respect the following rules and professional values:

HELP

Volunteers, resource people and care providers are there to help any client/resident who calls upon them. If they are unable to assist the client/resident with their needs for any reason, they shall inform the person accordingly and refer to them to another volunteer or professional resource-person.

INTEGRITY

Vounteers, resource people and care providers must maintain their integrity and detachment. They shall avoid promoting their personal, political, religious, commercial interests or those of self-help groups. They must remain objective and suggest a variety of ways or resources to help clients/residents with their rehabilitation. They shall not accept payment (money, gifts or benefits) from the clients/residents for services.

CONFIDENTIALITY

They shall respect the confidential nature of all information they may gain access to concerning the people they are providing services to. They shall not provide information about the client/resident to any other outside service provider or organization without the client/resident's consent.

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