Wellness Program hosts “Ais’ poo moo’ a nist tooh ko wa ya” (Providing Helpful Advice) – 100th Day Treatment Program Celebration

Wellness Program hosts “Ais’ poo moo’ a nist tooh ko wa ya” (Providing Helpful Advice) – 100th Day Treatment Program Celebration

 

By Blaire Russell, Communications Officer

Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement

 

September 26, 2023 – Standoff, AB

 

The Wellness Program celebrated it’s 100th Day Treatment Program event at the Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB on Tuesday, September 26, 2023. Those in attendance were Day Treatment Program participants, Blood Tribe Department of Health and Wellness Program staff, community elders, and proponents of community wellness.

 

The Wellness Program, Day Treatment Program is a seven-week addictions program which began in 2019 and has steadily grown since then. The program is offered to Blood Tribe members and in addition to dealing with addictions, has the capacity to include cultural awareness, educational, and support program for substance users, their supports, and families.

 

“It’s a multi-dimensional program – people are learning cultural, mental health, and addictions [tools and information],” Dr. Hassan Naqvi, Wellness Program, Clinical Manager. He explained the difference between the Wellness Program-Day Treatment program and other treatment programs offered in the province is the ability to give participants the chance to balance family and home life with the Wellness Programs’ Day Treatment programming.

 

“Since I’ve been attending the program, there was a shift in my mindset,” said Savaya Holy Singer, participant of the program, “Today, I have confidence in myself and learning to cope with my daily struggles and it gets easier as I continue my recovery with the day treatment program.” Holy Singer was one of many current and graduated participants of the treatment program who shared their testimonials at the celebration. “This is my family; this is my support system. The two things in my recovery are my family and the [Wellness Program] with the teachings they give me,” she said.

 

“Culture is our foundation, culture is our immune system; so, by incorporating, infusing, practicing, and teaching the language, the ceremonies, the traditions, it has a ripple effect of change,” said Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox, Director of the Wellness Program, “We are honoured that our elders can come into each session to teach, share, and be a part of the healing and transformation of each participant.”

 

The Wellness Program is a community-based centre that offers a multitude of programming with client centred and trauma informed approaches to wellness that emphasizes Blackfoot Ways of Knowing and Being in all program areas.

 

If you or a family member is interested in attending the Kainai Wellness Centre Day Treatment program, please contact the Wellness Program at (403)737-3883.

Dr. Terri-Lynn Fox, Wellness Program, Director presenting at the “Ais’ poo moo’ a nist tooh ko wa ya” (Providing Helpful Advice) – 100th Day Treatment Program Celebration at the Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on September 26, 2023. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Dr. Hassan Naqvi, Wellness Program, Clinical Manager at the “Ais’ poo moo’ a nist tooh ko wa ya” (Providing Helpful Advice) – 100th Day Treatment Program Celebration at the Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on September 26, 2023. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Savaya Holy Singer, Wellness Program-Day Treatment program participant sharing her testimonial at the “Ais’ poo moo’ a nist tooh ko wa ya” (Providing Helpful Advice) – 100th Day Treatment Program Celebration at the Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on September 26, 2023. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

Members of the Yellow Tail Drum Group singing at the “Ais’ poo moo’ a nist tooh ko wa ya” (Providing Helpful Advice) – 100th Day Treatment Program Celebration at the Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on September 26, 2023. (Photo: Blaire Russell)

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