Nenqayni Wellness Centre
Nenqayni Wellness Centre Society is governed by the 15 bands. The Chiefs of the 15 bands are the members of the society and elect a Board of Directors which consists of 9 directors, with 3 from each of the 3 Nations: Secwepemc (Shuswap), Tsilhqot'in (Chilcotin), and Dakelh (Carrier). See "Governance Board" page. Nenqayni Wellness Centre was registered as a non-profit society in 1983. The Centre began serving individual adult clients with drug and alcohol addictions. The location of the treatment services has moved from the Cultural Education Centre at Fish Lake to the former St. Joseph's Mission Residential School at Sugar Cane, then the Slumber Lodge in town and finally in 1991 opened the new buildings at the current location.
In July 1996 Nenqayni was one of the first youth treatment programs nationally to admit youth clients into the new Youth & Family Inhalant Program. Originally located in modular trailers, the Youth Program moved to a new building in 2002. In subsequent years, a full size gym, a new daycare and Family Program school (2008) named the Antoine Archie Education Centre were built greatly enhancing the services available to clients in both programs.
In 2001, Nenqayni Wellness Centre was accredited by the Canadian Council for Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA) - now called Accreditation Canada (AC). In 2010 Nenqayni Wellness Centre moved to the Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC). We continue to provide fully accredited programs for clients from across the country. Accreditation has assisted in important areas of growth, promoting positive changes that support improved services for all clients and also a healthy environment for staff and the organization’s partners.
2014 Update - we have been accredited for another 4 years (until March 2018) by the Canadian Accreditation Council (CAC).
We are located on the Soda Creek Reserve 21 kilometers north of Williams Lake on Highway 97 North.
An Invitation to Referral Workers: If you have never been to the centre and are curious about what it really looks like (even website pictures cannot do it justice) we offer onsite tours if you stop by. By calling ahead we can tailor the information to your needs. Some area's may not be open access due to respecting the privacy of current persons attending the programs.
- Family Alcohol & Drug
- Youth & Family Inhalant
- Continuing Care
- Drug & Alcohol Information
- Cultural Activities
- NEW!!!! Moving Forward
Nenqayni Brochure 2015 (567 KB)
We would like to thank the following funders that help make our work possible.
- First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
- Health Canada (HC)
- Interior Health (IH)
- Success by 6