Youth & Family Inhalant Program

A Brief History

A proposal for the Youth & Family Inhalant Program was submitted in September 1994 and we were one of 6 solvent abuse centres by May 1995. The first youth were admitted to the Centre in July 1996.


Initially, the Youth Program was housed in trailers that were joined together with a maximum of 10 youth per intake. In 1999, a commitment was made to set aside funds for a new youth building. In July 2002, the new building was completed and the first youth arrived in July to much improved facilities.



The Youth Program has 3 intakes per year. They occur in January, May,  and September in 2018. There are 2 longer treatment cycles that are just under 105 days and 1 shorter treatment cycles 49 days in length.The longer cycles include school, education sessions, group sessions (workshops), individual counseling, a focus on fitness, nutrition awareness, cultural activities such as daily smudging, sweats, and drumming and singing. Youth also enjoy hand crafts and art activities such as beading, painting, sewing etc. During the summer months Nenqayni runs an Elders Program and a Community Outreach Program.

Equine or Horse Assisted Learning is now available in the Youth Program!

 2018 Intake Dates

January 6   -   April 20               105 days now full

May        5   -   June 22                49 days  Send in applications now!

September 1 -  December 14      105 days

Note: Applications must be received 25 days prior to the intake date in order to ensure completion of all required paperwork. The application process includes the application form, a full medical, Tuberculosis screen, immunization records and a phone interview with each applicant.

Medications NOT permitted while in treatment: Suboxone, Psycho-Stimulants, Opioids (Codeine -Tylenol 3), Sedative Hypnotics - Benzodiazepines, Barbituates.


Rohan Watson -Health Director

Sylvia Busch - Intake Coordinator


Additional Information for Youth Program Additional Information for Youth Program (218 KB)

YFIP Calendar YFIP Calendar (127 KB)

YFIP Intake Application YFIP Intake Application (1632 KB)

Youth Program Admissions Procedures Youth Program Admissions Procedures (269 KB)

Joan Evans: Intake Coordinator - Youth & Family Inhalant Program

(250) 989-0301


Mission Statement

"To provide holistic healing to First Nations and Inuit youth, families, and communities in a safe and secure environment."

About Our Team

To achieve a safe team environment where employees respect one another, communicate effectively, and are able to efficiently carry out their duties and responsibilities” (Staff Purpose - Developed in 2011).

Staff are certified by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification and receive ongoing training relating to their positions and as required by accreditation and licensing.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 2529
Williams Lake, BC V2G 4P2
Phone: (250) 989-0301   
Fax: (250) 989-0307
Toll Free: 1-888-668-4245

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