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Indigenous wellness camp in northern Sask. receives funding commitment from province – MBC Radio

Sep 6, 2023

A northern Saskatchewan wellness camp is receiving funding stability from the provincial government.

The province has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kineepik Métis Local #9, which operates the Muskwa Lake Wellness Camp in Pinehouse.

The committed dollars allow the camp to continue providing northern residents with cultural mental health and addictions support.

“It’s been ran on a limited capacity financially for all these years,” said Kimberly Smith, health and wellness manager for Kineepik Métis Local #9.

For the past 40 years, the camp has survived off of volunteers, donations and support from the Northern Village of Pinehouse.

“The increase in the heavier drug use has really impacted most rural and northern communities at a rate that it’s hard to keep up with,” said Smith, hoping the province’s commitment inspires other programs to start up.

“Anybody in any community can start how we started at our grassroots level and then hopefully build up.”

Smith said the Muskwa Lake Wellness Camp provides a holistic approach to healing. Historically, it’s strictly focused on drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

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