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Cree Nation Treatment Haven Opened

Gloria Ledoux

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      JUNE 1988      p23  
The official opening of the Cree Nation Treatment Haven was held at the Sandy Lake Reserve on June 24.

In operation since September, 1987, the Treatment Haven has already treated 196 patients. The center can accommodate up to 20 patients at one time.

Originally intended to be an Indian Arts and Crafts Production Center, the $1.5 million log facility was started five years ago. A shortage of funding forced the Sandy Lake Band to put the project on hold.

The Sandy Lake Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program first acquired funding in 1986 to construct the treatment facility.

Several Elders from the surrounding area performed a pipe ceremony prior to the opening. Elder Harry Harris from Witchekan Lake offered prayers in Cree. Shellbrook Agency singers were on hand to sing the Victory song.

Harris, assisted by Executive Director Priscilla Joseph and Duane Adams, Regional Director of National Health and Welfare cut the rawhide to officially open the Cree Nation Treatment Haven.

The Cree Nation Treatment Center is staffed by qualified and trained alcohol and drug abuse counsellors and offers treatment to all natives wishing to enter the program.

Chief Barry Ahenakew
Chief Barry Ahenakew
Duane Adams
Duane Adams

Elder Harry Harris cuts the rawhide officially opening the centre
Elder Harry Harris cuts the rawhide officially opening the Centre.

The Cree Nation Treatment Haven
The Cree Nation Treatment Haven.