Youth & Family Inhalant

Brief History

A proposal for the Youth & Family Inhalant Program was submitted in September 1994 and we were one of 6 solvent abuse centres by May 1995. The first youth were admitted to the Centre in July 1996.

Initially, the Youth Program was housed in trailers that were joined together with a maximum of 10 youth per intake. In 1999, a commitment was made to set aside funds for a new youth building. In July 2002, the new building was completed and the first youth arrived in July to much improved facilities.


The Youth Program has 3 intakes per year. They occur in January, May,  and September in 2018. There are 2 longer treatment cycles that are just under 105 days and 1 shorter treatment cycles 49 days in length.The longer cycles include school, education sessions, group sessions (workshops), individual counseling, a focus on fitness, nutrition awareness, cultural activities such as daily smudging, sweats, and drumming and singing. Youth also enjoy hand crafts and art activities such as beading, painting, sewing etc. During the summer months Nenqayni runs an Elders Program and a Community Outreach Program.

Equine or Horse Assisted Learning is now available in the Youth Program!

2018 Intake Dates

  • January 6   –   April 20                    105 days  
  • May 5   –   June 22                          49 days
  • September 8 –  December 14      98 days spaces still available

Note: Applications must be received 25 days prior to the intake date in order to ensure completion of all required paperwork. The application process includes the application form, a full medical, Tuberculosis screen, immunization records and a phone interview with each applicant.

Medications NOT permitted while in treatment: Suboxone, Psycho-Stimulants, Opioids (Codeine -Tylenol 3), Sedative Hypnotics – Benzodiazepines, Barbituates.


Sylvia Busch

Intake Coordinator - Youth & Family Inhalant Program

(250) 989-0301

Providing Information

Intake Coordinators travel to workshops and special events to share information on Nenqayni Wellness Centre.

If you have an event planned that you would like us to attend please let us know. We appreciate as much advance notice as possible. Please allow at least 3 weeks notice for booking arrangements.

Please see our Contact Profiles page to book with an Intake Coordinator.

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