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Native addictions council of Manitoba

About Us

Healing of our mind, body and spirit for our future generations

Native Addictions Council of Manitoba

Seven Sweetgrass Statements


Our space has a positive spirit that is safe, welcoming, and that is respectful for all.


We will invite Elders and Knowledge Keepers to start building capacity within ourselves through teaching, learning, and sharing stories.


Our NACM team values and cultivates each individual’s strength, gifts, knowledge, and experience to build and grow as a dynamic team.


Our relatives will leave here with renewed spirit, renewed hope and understanding of who they are as Indigenous people.


Our focus in programming is to offer a balanced approach to healing practices.


Our commitment is to offer traditional Indigenous practices in a respectful, safe, caring, and welcoming environment.


Our relationship with the Board of Directors, Funders, and Community will be to always have accountability, transparency, and clear communication.

Sage and Sweetgrass
Sweetgrass Braid


The Native Addictions Council of Manitoba is an Accredited Health Service Provider and is recognized as such by Accreditation Canada. NACM has been accredited since 2000 and our current accreditation runs from 2022 through 2026.

Certified Counsellors/Specialists

The Native Addictions Council of Manitoba Addictions Counsellors and Specialists are certified by national and international bodies. They are certified by the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada and by CCPC Global.

Culturally Relevant Programming

The Native Addictions Council of Manitoba is an Indigenous-owned and operated treatment centre that directly targets the chemical dependency and compulsion challenging Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba and throughout Canada. Our Staff, Management, and Board of Directors all have firsthand experience in dealing with the same challenges that face our relatives. Our understanding of the program allows us to effectively aid the participants on their journey to healing and recovery.

History of the Native Addictions
Council of Manitoba

Fatal Alcohol-Related Accident Claims Multiple Lives
With the rise of Indigenous communities affected by substance abuse-related incidents, one of the major motivators for the birth of the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba was due to a fatal drunk driving accident. The accident took place on May 10, 1968, on Highway 59, south of Brokenhead, which claimed the lives of 9 adults, leaving 33 children orphaned and confining the lone survivor to a wheelchair.
The Beginning of NACM
With the persistence of alcohol-related issues, discussions with local communities and organizations were held over a two-day conference in Winnipeg. This resulted in the consensus to establish the Native Alcoholism Council of Manitoba (NACM), which is known today as the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba. In addition to receiving its first federal grant in 1972, NACM hired its first 10 employees, moved into its first office garage, and officially incorporated under Provincial Bill 74.
NACM Becomes Canada’s First Indigenous-Run Treatment Center of its Kind
As NACM began to provide healing services to a growing number of Relatives, it relocated from its office garage and into 865 Main Street — one of its first major expansions. Within the same year, the Department of Health and Social Development began funding NACM’s ‘Project Outreach,’ a program that provided healing and counselling services to Indigenous communities across the entire province. By August 5, 1973, the United Church of Canada donated to NACM the use of a house at 456 Pritchard Avenue. It was there that the Pritchard House Residential Treatment Program began operation. This milestone made NACM the first Indigenous-run treatment center of its kind in all of Canada.
NACM Moves into a New Building
NACM acquired a building located on 160 Salter Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which remains the current treatment center today. The current building offers additional recreational facilities for Relatives, more office space, and more room for new programs.
NACM Officially Changes its Name to "Native Addictions Council of Manitoba"
Through the years, NACM has kept up with the changing face of addictions. In addition to alcohol, the use of recreational and street drugs also became prevalent in Indigenous communities, which now included cannabis, cocaine, opioids, hallucinogens, inhalants, tobacco, and amphetamines. As addictions evolved, NACM rebranded from the ‘Native Alcoholism Council of Manitoba’ to the ‘Native Addictions Council of Manitoba’ to more accurately reflect its programs and services.
NACM Launches the "Gambling Addictions Training Program" at Red River College
With a grant from the provincial government, NACM established the ‘Gambling Addictions Training Program’ at Red River College. While it only operated until 2004, the program was still able to have great success as 9 out of 10 Relatives graduated as gambling addiction counsellors.
NACM Officially Achieves Accreditation Through Accreditation Canada
Since 2000, NACM has been accredited through Accreditation Canada as a Health Service Provider. This cemented NACM as one of the first-ever treatment centers in Manitoba to achieve accreditation.
The "Woman's & Youth Sage Healing Program" Begins
From 2004 until 2010, with funding from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, NACM successfully launched the ‘Women’s & Youth Sage Healing Program’. This program sought to provide residential school survivors and their families with the proper healing and counselling services they required. Prior to this, addictions services for youth were limited with a part-time youth worker available.
NACM's Counsellors Become Certified Addictions Specialists
In addition to existing qualifications, NACM’s desire to innovate helped its counsellors become nationally-recognized certified addictions specialists through accreditations from the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada and the Canadian Council of Global Certification. NACM’s commitment to continuously meet the needs of its community has helped expand its initiatives to include crafting and sage-burning activities, sobriety walks, student placements, and land-based healing practices.
NACM Will Celebrate its 50th Anniversary
NACM celebrates its official 50th anniversary. This grand achievement embodies five decades of hard work, compassion, dedication, along with cultural, traditional, and spiritual preservation. We look forward to continue striving towards community wellbeing and fulfillment of the mind, body, and spirit for many years to come.
Canada invests in the redevelopment of the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba building at 160 Salter Street, Winnipeg
The Government of Canada is contributing $21,373,177 to this project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB), with the Native Addictions Council of Manitoba (NACM) contributing an additional $240,000. The Board of Directors, management, and staff of NACM are extremely excited to receive this funding from Infrastructure Canada to restore 160 Salter, improve accessibility and universal design, and reduce energy consumption. This redevelopment will allow NACM to continue providing culturally safe support and services in a nurturing facility, eliminating the institutional presence for Indigenous peoples facing addiction challenges.

The Native Addictions Council of Manitoba acknowledges that we reside on Treaty 1, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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