Walgwan Centre


With full respect for the dignity and value of each person, the Centre provides a safe environment to each First Nations and Inuit Youth with a personally centered, holistic and culturally appropriate transition to her/his own path to well-being and a healthy life.
By “Youth” we mean any First Nation or Inuit Youth, aged 12 to 17, who acknowledges an unhealthy dependence on solvents, and other substances and addictive activities. We also include her/his family and community with whom we work in a supportive partnership.
By “transition” we mean working in partnership to support the youth through the different recovery steps, including the pre-Centre “preparation” and the “after care”.
By “personally centered” we mean that we take each person where s/he is, and support her/him on the transition to where s/he wants to go.

Culturally based:

The Centre brings in Elders to share knowledge of the different First Nations’ traditions.
This enables each youth to benefit from an appropriate cultural and traditional healing and teaching.

Our Program:

Walgwan Centre is an accredited 12 bed residential treatment centre located in the Mi’gmag First Nation community of Gesgapegiag in Eastern Quebec. Our intake is ongoing and we welcome and assist First Nations and Inuit youth from 12 to 17 years of age from both genders. We help restore a harmonious balance between their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs while assisting them in recapturing their sense of self-worth. Our program usually takes 6 months to complete.
The residential program has 4 phases and is culturally based with clear indicators for each phase. In the completion of each of these phases our elders do a specific ceremony in recognition of the achievement. We also provide aftercare services for up to two years.

You can visit our site and learn more about our program www.walgwan.com


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