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Land based healing: Carrier First Nations’ Addiction Recovery Program

Christina Dobson, Randall Brazzoni

Abstract

First Nations of Canada have experienced issues similar to other First Nations’ worldwide that have led to poor health and wellness.  Carrier Sekani Family Services is a health and wellness agency that serves 11 First Nations in Canada’s North West.  This agency has run a residential addiction recovery program for almost 25 years on traditional land, based on traditional culture.  The agency recently participated in a national study that explored the healing benefits of using traditional culture in addiction treatment.  The results showed that healing through culture is an effective model for treatment.      

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