Community Addiction Treatment Program

The Tłı̨chǫ Healing Path is sponsoring an Addiction Treatment Program led by Poundmaker’s Lodge to be held in Behchokǫ̀ and Whatì beginning September 5th, 2022.

We are accepting 30 participants at each location (females and males).

Any individual over the age of 18 years old is eligible to attend. This program is intended to be a "no barriers” treatment program; therefore, anyone interested in this program should be encouraged to attend. There are no specific criteria other than the participant needs to be of 18 years old or older.

While the program focuses on Indigenous culture and spirituality, its principles are universal. Clients from all cultures, traditions and faiths are welcome.

The program will be held in 3 sessions of two weeks each. There will be four counsellor/therapists from Poundmaker’s assigned to each program along with Tłı̨chǫ Elders and other assistants that the Tłı̨chǫ Healing Path might include.

Long-term outcomes of the program will include:

  • Restored capacity for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
  • Restored capacity for healthy parenting in families impacted by addictions and mental health concerns.
  • Reduced vulnerability.
  • Reduced rates of substance abuse, addictive behaviours, and self-harm.

 Here is a breakdown of the scheduled sessions:

1st session: September 5-16 from Monday to Friday each week (during the day)

Activities: One-to-one counselling, cultural supports (Elder Support, cultural teachings, and ceremony), and therapeutic approach will also be implemented to ensure robust involvement from community and stakeholders, as well as client treatment planning.

 2nd Session: September 26-October 7 from Monday to Friday each week (during the day)

Activities: Therapeutic intensity will increase. Significant focus on trauma as it relates to addiction treatment, underlying issues that perpetuate addictions, and cultural support and ceremony. Group therapy and One-to-One therapy will continue as well as revisiting client treatment goals.

3rd Session: October 17-28 from Monday to Friday each week (during the day)

Activities: Service delivery will focus on creating ongoing support systems, etc. Ongoing treatment related to addiction issues. Begin closure process. Ensure ongoing recovery support system is implemented. Significant focus on building community capacity and aftercare supports.

These 3 sessions will be followed with quarterly follow-up sessions from Poundmaker’s over the next six months that will be scheduled based on the needs emerging from each of the programs. This program is flexible and will adapt to the needs of the participants.


The Tłı̨chǫ Healing Path will provide the following:

  • Travel/accommodations for participants travelling from Gamèti, Wekweètì and Sǫǫ̀mbak’è.
  • Child Care Expense. It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange for a babysitter and provide the name of the individual to the Tłı̨chǫ Healing Path. The Tłı̨chǫ Healing Path will pay the babysitter at a rate of $50.00 per day/ per child.

 Here is the link to the Poundmaker’s website for more information on their programs:


 If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact:


  • Stephanie Rabesca (867) 446 6430 


  • Mike Nitsiza: (867) 444 1679
  • Sonny Zoe: (867) 445 6014

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