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Centre Walgwan Center : 20 years of essential services to the indigenous population
July 07, 2017
The Center is celebrating two decades of success and is now turning to the future
GESGAPEGIAG, QC, July 7, 2017 – With respect and dignity, the Walgwan Center, founded in 1996 in the Mi’gmaq community of Gesgapegiag, has been providing treatment and a healthy environment for young members of indigenous communities struggling with substance abuse for the past two decades. The 20th anniversary will be officially celebrated tomorrow, July 8th, from sunrise to 4:30 pm on the grounds of the Center.
The only facility of its kind in eastern Canada, the Walgwan Center, located on the Gaspé coast, has a mission that is essential to the future of indigenous peoples, who want to build the capacity of Indigenous youth to take charge of their well-being.
As a member of the National Youth Solvent Addiction Committee (YSAC), the Center is working to guide the transition towards a healthier and better life and offering them personalized, holistic and cultural care. The Walgwan Center team takes care of the four aspects of well-being in life: the physical, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual.
With only a dozen beds, the Walgwan Treatment Center can meet only a small portion of the needs of the Indigenous population; with addictions representing an alarming issue affecting several Indigenous communities in Quebec.
“In the current context of reconciliation, it is important for us to be a leader in our field. We want to inspire governments, public organizations and communities to work with us to help youth and their families. The physical and mental health of Indigenous youth is essential to the well-being of communities and represents a wealth for our future,” said Board Chair Jacqueline Kistabish.
The Board of Directors of the Walgwan Center is taking advantage of the 20th anniversary to put in place a new strategic direction for 2017-2022. Under the theme “Get together, journey together, grow together! » this new strategic plan defines a series of actions to support, engage and empower each Indigenous youth through their personal journey. The mission of the Center is therefore to help young people who are looking for a healthy life and a holistic and sustainable cultural well-being. These objectives are met with respect of each individual’s values, in dignity and in a safe space.
About Walgwan Centre
The Walgwan Center is an accredited treatment center for Indigenous youth. It offers healing treatments in relation to addiction, as well as the support needed to meet the client’s goals.
The actions of the center are based on tradition, respecting client expectations and needs, as well as the values of the family and the community.
For further information: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN HELP: Pamela Charlong, Director of Walgwan Centre, 1-506-987-1068
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