Helping Aboriginal People
     Heal Themselves.

Nechi Institute / St Paul Treatment Centre

Request ID: 3808.03

Title: Our Spirit Survived

Project Description: The project provides a one week healing workshop to communities within Alberta.  The workshop is delivered by well-trained, professional, facilitators who are knowledgeable and understanding of the impacts of Residential School on individuals, families and communities.  The workshop is intended to provide participants with the opportunity to share their experiences from Residential School in a safe environment and its impact in their own lives; to build community spirit and healthy relationships with others; and to share information/resources with participants to begin the journey of healing from the impacts of Residential School. With guidance from an Elder and the facilitators, Residential School Survivors learn healthy, positive affirming ways of moving through their pain using holistic and academic approaches. Resources and information are provided to participants to continue their healing journey once the workshop is completed within their community. 

St.Paul Treatment Center – Add-on program

St. Paul Treatment Center is a 35 day residential treatment healing program. There is day programs, and evening programs which the community can come a join. There are programs which deal specifically with residential school impacts, the program looks at the impacts and start the Clients on healing journey. St. Paul Treatment Center uses the traditional methodology of the Blackfoot culture and other traditions to start the healing journey for our Clients. Our specialization is grief and loss, family violence, trauma, Residential School impacts and cultural methodology. The Elders come in and are a part of delivering program, one on ones, and ceremonies.


End Date:

December 31, 2013

AHF Contribution:

Primary Contacts:

Ms. Alvina Lake
Project Coordinator
Tel: 780-459-1884
Fax: 780-458-1883
St. Paul Treatment Centre
Yvonne Blackwater, Executive Director
Tel: 1-888-737-3757
Fax: 403-737-2207

Organization Addresses:
Nechi Institute, Training, Research and Health Promotions
1 Poundmaker Road,
P.O. Box 2039
STN Main, St. Albert, AB
T8N 2G3

St. Paul Treatment Centre
Box 179
Cardston, AB T0K 0K0