Wauzhushk Onigum Nation celebrated the grand re-opening of their treatment facility yesterday.
The Migisi Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centre (Migisi) celebrated the grand re-opening of its newly renovated and expanded facilities on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, speeches from staff and former clients, a drum circle, and a BBQ luncheon.
The traditional opening of the facility with the Board of Directors and staff happened back in May so that the program could begin to accept new clients.
The Migisi program is a four-week drug and alcohol treatment program that aims to heal with traditional values and teachings in mind, as well as typical 12-step techniques. Clients receive psychological support and counselling, clients also take part in traditional activities such as morning smudges, visits with elders, sharing circles and sweat lodges.
Originally built in 1983, Migisi houses up to 14 clients at a time, both men and women are accepted and treated separately. While anyone is welcome at the facility, Migisi prioritizes individuals from Treaty 3 communities.
The upgrades and expansion of the facility were made available thanks to $3,429,202 in funding from Indigenous Services Canada which was provided in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years.
The renovated facility features things like key-fob access only doors, designated administrative work areas, and better staff areas.
Cheyenne Bunting, Executive Director for the Migisi Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centre, offered her comments, “The process, the time and the work that has brought us to this monumental event has not always been an easy one, especially during a pandemic, but standing here looking up at this beautiful new facility in this location surrounded by water, it has been worth the wait, the struggles and hard work.”
“I can stand here knowing that for years to come, it will meet the needs of the individuals that enter our program, and we will be able to help so many of our Anishinaabe people who struggle with mental health and addictions."