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, March,  and September in 2019. Regular length program is 105 days. All programs 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 2019 some shorter programs will be offered, contact referral worker for more information.

Equine or Horse Assisted Learning is part of the Youth Program.
Equine Assisted Learning is an experiential method of developing social and emotional intelligence, and fostering life and leadership skills. Our EAL program has been running since January of 2018 and gives our youth a weekly opportunity to connect with horses in nature.


2019 Intake Dates

January 7 – February 27 52 days
March 9 – June 21 closed
Young Warriors
Summer Day Program
August 12- August 30th Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm.
September 9 – December 13 96 days

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.


Additional Information for Youth Program (pdf)

Youth Program Admissions Procedures (pdf)

YFIP Intake Application (pdf)


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

Young Warriors Summer Program

Promoting Healing and Fostering Self-Efficacy for Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in, and Dakelh Youth.

Nenqayni Wellness Centre Society is pleased to announce a series of day programs to youth across the Three Nations. Youth may register for 1, 2 or all 3 weeks. Transportation options are available within one hour of the center.

The objective of this program is to offer holistic wellness and experiential learning across a myriad of platforms to youth aged 13 to 18 years. Our programs will incorporate traditional and cultural methods of wellness into contemporary best practices for promoting four quadrant health, based on the medicine wheel.


Concept (pdf)

Schedule (pdf)

Application (pdf)

Youth Interview (pdf)

Sylvia Busch

Intake Coordinator - Youth & Family Inhalant Program

(250) 989-0301 Extension 223

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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