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Yorkton Tribal Council opening first detox centre in Kahkewistahaw First Nation [Video]

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Kahkewistahaw First Nation will be the first Indigenous community in the province to have its own detoxification centre. The centre is taking a new approach towards addictions treatment by offering a timeless support system to people overcoming crystal meth addictions.

“On the onset we’ll have an intake, but the discharge is not based on 30 days, it’s based on each person’s individuals needs,” Ivan Cote told CTV News.

Cote serves as the director of health and social development for the Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC).

The YTC Community Detox Centre will be based in Kahkewistahaw’s former health building. It will provide 10-beds for clients, also referred to as “relative support workers,” and will employ about 12 to 15 Indigenous workers.

After hearing concerns from people in the community, Cote said opening a detox centre focused on crystal meth addiction was a top priority for serving Indigenous people.

“There’s a large opioid …

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