Tsuut’ina First Nation signs agreement for addictions recovery treatment facility – APTN News

Jul 05, 2023

Alberta government continues plan for recovery oriented funding for First Nations

Tsuut’ina First Nation in Alberta signed an agreement with the province for up to $30 million to build addiction treatment capacity on First Nations lands Wednesday.

Smith has signed other agreements with First Nations, such as the announcement of $30 million in capital costs funding for a new recovery centre in Enoch Cree Nation. This is a continuation of Smith’s election promises to focus on a recovery oriented model for addiction treatment.

There was no timeline in this announcement but the plan is to create a treatment centre to support up to 300 people per year.

“We are dealing with synthetic opioids that are cheap, easy to conceal and incredibly powerful,” said Chief Roy Whitney from Tsuut’ina Nation outside of Calgary.

“It is easy to point fingers at Big Pharma creating opioid addictions… local gangs and distributors but pointing fingers does not reach the solution.”

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