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Poundmaker’s lodge says N.W.T. gov’t lacked ‘cultural understanding’ of Indigenous healing – CBC

Treatment centre hopes to continue its relationship with N.W.T. residents despite contract ending

Nov 23, 2022

An Indigenous-run addictions treatment centre says it asked for its contract with the N.W.T. to be terminated because the territorial government lacks a “cultural understanding” of the work the lodge does.

Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres, near Edmonton, was the only Indigenous healing centre the territorial government had a contract with, meaning residents in need of its services could attend at no cost.

When the last treatment centre in the N.W.T. closed in 2013, the health minister at the time said the territory’s contract with Poundmaker’s was a useful alternative to no longer having a facility in the territory.

But that contract ended on Oct. 29.

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