The Siksika Medicine Lodge


Program Description

The Siksika Medicine Lodge (SML) is located in Alberta on the Siksika Nation, one hour east of the Calgary city limits and three kilometres south of the Trans Canada Highway. The 12,000 square foot facility is handicap accessible with 10-private room/sleeping quarters, two family rooms, cultural/ceremonial room, administrative offices, individual/group therapy rooms, classroom, resident dining room, kitchen, resident lounge area, private washroom with separate showers, public washroom, and laundry room.
The SML is a service for First Nation, Metis, & Inuit youth in Canada 12 to 17 years of ages with a solvent abuse and/or substance abuse problem. This gender-based program is a ten-bed residential treatment facility that operates on 4-month cycles; Rotating genders three times a year: January, May, & September. The treatment program is based on First Nation Culture and Spirituality. It combines both traditional and contemporary approaches to holistic treatment. Youth receive 24-hour supervision by qualified staff.
The treatment program includes: Assessment and Treatment Planning; Individual and group; Counselling; Educational component; Equine-Assisted Learning; Recreational activities; Cultural teachings; Nutrition Program; Health Care; Aftercare Planning and
Follow up; Outreach activities; and Training.


The Siksika Medicine Lodge will provide holistic healing through culturally based treatment services for First Nation and Inuit youth, families, and their communities.

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