Youth & Family Inhalant Program

Beds are currently available in our program that started September 16th and ends December 20th.

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 4 intakes per year. They occur in January, May, July and September in 2017. There are 2 longer treatment cycles that are just under 4 months and 2 shorter treatment cycles approximately 2 months 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. One of the shorter sessions (summer) does not include school.



Rohan Watson -Health Director

Sharon Duffy -Intake Coordinator


January 4 - April 28,     115 Days (applications accepted up to Dec 16th)

May 8 - June 28,           52 Days (applications accepted up to April 13th)

June 30- July 14     Closed          July 17- 28 Training Staff only

July 29 - August 25,      * Elders Program only - Not a youth intake!

Sept. 16* - Dec. 20,      96 Days (applications are still being accepted, a phone interview must be completed prior to acceptance)

Note Sept - Dec 2017 dates revised due to Wild Fires. 

Program is totally non-smoking as of January 2017. 

Contact for more information.

updated March 8, 2017




2017 YFIP Calendar 2017 YFIP Calendar (87 KB)

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

YFIP Intake Application YFIP Intake Application (1632 KB)

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




Sharon Duffy: Intake Coordinator - Youth & Family Inhalant Program

Sharon has worked at Nenqayni Wellness Centre since 1997. She started out as a recovery care worker and then moved into the Intake Coordinator position. Sharon's background is Aboriginal Health and Administration and Mental Health. Some of the courses taken include: Community Mental Health Certificate, First Nations Health & Healing, Tsilhqot'in language, Women's Studies, Organizational Behavior, SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory)Trainers training and Aboriginal Health & Community Administration Certificate (UBC) and Choices Seminars.

Outside of work Sharon enjoys many outdoor activities. Comments: Sharon enjoys her job; especially meeting people from all over Canada.

She says, "Live one day at a time, let others know they are loved & keep on learning!"

(250) 989-0301 Ext. 223


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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