Mobile addictions treatment underway in western Nunavut, says minister – NunatsiaqOnline

June 12, 2017

Program was piloted in 2012, then shelved until 2017

The news came a few years late but Health Minister George Hickes came into the Nunavut Legislature June 2 with some “exciting developments regarding addictions treatment in the territory.”

Hickes said that on May 21 a group of seven men started a mobile addictions treatment program delivered by the Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre which will see the men living at a healing centre set up on the land for 28 days.

Local elders participated in incorporating Inuit knowledge, societal values and traditions into the program design, Hickes said.

“Among other things the addictions program considers the role of relationships, family and grief in the healing process,” he said in a minister’s statement.

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