Can I bring my baby or toddler with me?

To the 7-week (7) Family Program yes. Nenqayni Wellness Centre operates a fully licensed Daycare that takes infants (newborn to school age) and toddlers and preschoolers from 9:00am-11:45am (children eat lunch with their family) and 1:00pm – 3:00pm. The Daycare is licensed by Interior Health and the workers are fully certified to provide safe and healthy care and supervision for the children.

Do I need a status number?

Yes, all youth for the Youth & Family Inhalant Program will need to provide their own ten (10) digit status number or be able to identify as Indigenous. For the seven (7) week Family Program if one of the adults does not have a status number that is okay but most of the family members should have numbers.

Since our funding is through First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)/Health Canada (HC) we need the status number in order to record participants in our statistics.

Does Nenqayni Wellness Centre provide detoxification services?

No, Nenqayni Wellness Centre is not a detox facility. Anyone entering the Youth Program needs to be free of alcohol and drugs for a minimum of 14 days and longer if possible is highly recommended.

When a person decides to go to treatment the healing journey has already begun. You cannot wait to enter the treatment program to stop drinking or using drugs. It is also recommended that you receive several counseling sessions with your referral worker prior to your application/acceptance into a treatment program. If you arrive at Nenqayni Wellness Centre intoxicated or under the influence of illegal substances or drugs not prescribed by your doctor you may be asked to leave.

How much sober/clean time do I need?

It is recommended that participants in the Family Program have thirty (30) days clean/sober time before attending treatment. You should also be participating in regular counseling sessions and be prepared to attend treatment with no outside commitments (appointments, court dates, other events).

For the Youth & Family Inhalant Program it is requested that Youth have fourteen (14) days clean/sober time.

If you believe this will be a problem please contact the Intake Coordinator for the program that you wish to attend.

Is food provided?

In the Youth & Family Inhalant Program all food is provided.

In the Family Alcohol & Drug Program the meals that are provided are: lunch and supper, Monday through Friday. Breakfast and weekend meals will be the family’s responsibility. Families will need to bring groceries to start off with, or if they have been traveling by plane may be taken shopping after arrival. Families will need to bring money for grocery shopping which is normally done on weekends.

What issues besides drug and alcohol abuse/addiction are dealt with?

The seven (7) week Family Drug and Alcohol Program provides group sessions that discuss many of the issues that will be common to people coming to treatment. These include; grief and loss, self esteem, communication, anger, and parenting.

The Youth & Family Inhalant Program covers many of these same issues along with the complexity of issues that female adolescents face in both rural and urban settings. Individual counseling is available for all youth in the programs and family counseling may be arranged as well.

Group workshops include: cultural experience and development, healthy eating/nutrition, smoking reduction, awareness of gambling, education on sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), relaxation and stress reduction and more.

What kind of workshops and sessions are offered?

A wide variety of topics are covered. Workshops and educational sessions may cover – addictions, family violence, communication, anger management, Medicine Wheel, parenting, healthy self-esteem, gambling, healthy sexuality, grief and loss and more. Note that group sessions may be tailored to meet the individual group needs.

Who pays for a person attending treatment?

Nenqayni Wellness Centre is federally funded by Health Canada (HC). We are a National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) treatment facility and have been fully accredited since 2001. Nenqayni Wellness Centre is currently by Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC).

Persons who have Indian Status (10 digit number) and are defined as such under the Indian Act are covered for services.

Nenqayni Wellness Centre has occupancy requirements that are set out by our funding organizations and if we do not meet requirements then our funding is jeopardized. For this reason we cannot accept youth who are non-status or do not identify as Indigenous into the Youth & Family Inhalant Program. All youth in the Youth & Family Inhalant Program are recommended to have their own status number. However for the Family Alcohol & Drug Program a family member who does not have status will be considered if the spouse or partner does have a status number.

What other programs does Nenqayni Wellness Centre offer?

Nenqayni has a Continuing Care Program that maintains contact with persons served for up to a one (1) year period after the exit from a program. We provide the toll-free number so that each person can continue to get support that can assist in maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The Men’s Program is a newer feature that runs during the mid to late summer and provides an opportunity for Men to come together to work on their own health and wellness issues. If your requiring more information on the Men’s Program feel free to call Nenqayni at

1-250-989-0301 Toll Free: 1-888-688-4245

Joan – Family Intake for information, email at jevans@nenqayni.com

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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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