In our new season of growth, the work we do with the Indigenous community is to empower individuals in their journey of healing and recovery of addictions. The Native Addictions Council of Manitoba has a sacred responsibility in the work that we do.
Guided by the Seven Sacred Teachings of Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth and in light of recent activities in Canada, we have chosen to decolonize our language.
We will no longer refer to those in our programs as “clients” or “patients” as the root of those words are disempowering. NACM works in a strength-based way and as Indigenous peoples, we know what our communities and families need. Therefore, to respect the individuals and families we work with, our language will change to “relatives”, “participants”, and “applicants.”
The work we do with Indigenous communities is to empower individuals on their journey of healing and recovery from addictions. We honour our Indigenous Relatives and walk along side them through their journey with kindness, love, respect, and empowerment.
Theresa is a Blackfoot First Nation Woman from the Blood Tribe Treaty 7 Territory in Standoff, Alberta. Theresa grew up in the Child Welfare System, as part of the 60’s scoop and the Heart-work of her healing journey has been anchored in being a mother of 2 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Theresa moved to Winnipeg, MB in 2004 where she has been serving the inner-city community, and an advocate for adults, youth and families, that are struggling with addictions, poverty and mental wellbeing.
Native Addictions Council of Manitoba provides healing of addiction through traditional Indigenous practices. The belief of NACM is that our relatives have the right to healing, safety, growth, and wellness.
To provide culturally-based healing of the mind, body, and spirit for our future generations.
Our Relatives will leave here with renewed spirit, renewed hope, and understanding of who they are as Indigenous people.