Provincial funding to replace family treatment centre
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
The provincial government has announced it will fund a feasibility study to build a replacement facility for the Reverend Tommy Beardy Memorial Wee Che He Wayo-Gamik Family Treatment Centre in Muskrat Dam First Nation.
“The centre provides people struggling with substance abuse with a unique treatment program to support and guide them.
“Entire families participate in the healing of the individual in treatment, with the help of councillors, daycare providers, tutors and youth workers. It focuses on family well-being, spirituality, and traditional beliefs to create healthier relationships between parents in treatment and their children. This includes additional support as participants return to their communities.
“A new facility will allow the centre to increase capacity and expand programming,” a news release issued by the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation explained.
“The opportunity to partner with Ontario on a very important initiative of rebuilding a nation through the Reverend Tommy Beardy Memorial Family Treatment Centre is a bold step in the spirit of reconciliation. It’s providing an avenue to facilitate change, thereby strengthening and empowering families within the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Healing and reconnecting to the land is necessary and, with the help we are receiving, will guarantee success in this endeavour,” commented William Kaminawas, acting executive director, Reverend Tommy Beardy Memorial Wee Che He Wayo-Gamik Family Treatment Centre.
“I visited the treatment centre last year and was impressed by its innovative family approach. This investment will help the centre explore the possibility of replacing its facility, which would expand health, healing and wellness services for Indigenous communities in the region. This is an important step in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation,” concluded David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.