Remedy centre in Nunavik, Que. goals to ‘decolonize’ therapy and welcome households in newly constructed centre

Remedy centre in Nunavik, Que. goals to ‘decolonize’ therapy and welcome households in newly constructed centre

It had been a very long time coming for George Kauki and his colleagues after they lastly packed up their belongings and moved into their workplaces within the newly constructed Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre this month.

Positioned in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, it is the most important dependancy therapy and restoration centre within the area.

However having welcomed folks with dependancy and trauma for over 25 years utilizing a mix of contemporary practices and Inuit values — it is getting a significant improve.

Workers moved out of the previous constructing, a 70-year-old facility, after years of building and planning, stated Kauki.

Kauki, who visited the brand new centre within the early levels of building, stated transferring on this month made him really feel “lighter.”

People sit at round tables with yellow and orange chairs, eating a meal.
Workers gathers within the kitchen space to share a meal. Within the new centre, counsellors will share workplaces to allow them to higher talk with one another. (Samuel Lagacé/Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre)

“It is actually uplifting actually,” stated Kauki, who has labored on the centre for seven years.

“It is so rewarding to see all of the laborious work you’ve got put in over time … to see how rather more consolation the folks will [have] and the people who we’re aiming at serving to.”

His favorite space is the kitchen and “the great view it has … It is wonderful. I imply the great people who at the moment are working right here, simply carry the vibes… that simply offers you a smile within the face each morning whenever you stroll in.”

Aside from that trendy kitchen, the centre has a 22-bed capability and is a facility centred round Inuit tradition.

Kauki says employees shall be higher in a position to serve the neighborhood and meet the wants and recommendations former contributors have outlined — even tripling the visitor capability.

Drawing of modern-looking building on tundra landscape
The centre will having a grand opening in September when they are going to unveil the constructing. 3D photos present illustrations of the outside. (Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre)

Household involvement in therapeutic

The brand new facility may even have extra employees to welcome these additional visitors: a most of 5 households and about 20 people, stated Kauki.

He notes that counsellors will share workplace area to allow them to higher talk with one another concerning the wants of contributors. Whereas people may even share a room with a sitting space and facilities like a fridge and microwave, Kauki says households will get non-public areas.

“That is the primary of its sort so we will be in a studying course of as effectively,” stated Kauki.

The centre may even supply baby take care of younger youngsters in addition to youth counselling and a tutoring service for school-age youngsters. 

A group of people look at the camera smiling
Quebec’s minister chargeable for relations with First Nations and the Inuit, Ian Lafrenière, centre, pictured with employees. He visited the centre two weeks in the past to honour Mary Aitchison with the First Peoples Medal. She is an elder and vice-president of the board of administrators. (Samuel Lagacé/Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre )

The thought, Kauki stated, got here from speaking with former sufferers.

“Lots of people that we consulted with stated ‘I might love for my household to be concerned on this therapeutic,'” he stated.

He recollects one lady who wished her husband to have the identical care as she was getting.

“They each wanted the counselling. They each wanted the remedy, simply to take care of their household. It is when companions are helped collectively I am positive it is so significantly better for the household, for the youngsters. It is for the betterment of Nunavik.”

The primary purchasers shall be welcomed to the centre on April 5, says Kauki — earlier than the grand opening in September. Will probably be a pilot cycle, permitting them to intently monitor the weaknesses and successes to regulate for the following group.

People sitting in chairs clap looking up at a man standing and speaking.
Etua Snowball, the brand new government director of the Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre, welcomed employees within the new constructing which is able to open its door to households and people within the spring. (Samuel Lagacé/Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre)

‘Decolonizing’ therapy

The centre was first established to assist the area with substance abuse, stated Kauki. It now presents therapeutic packages to cope with trauma and the precise wants of households, youth and pregnant girls.

“There is a want for counselling in our area, [a] want for assist,” stated Kauki, including that the main target is on restoration.

Etua Snowball, the newly appointed government director of the centre, says providing “culturally oriented” care is a central a part of their mandate.

“I believe it’s totally a lot wanted so we will decolonize ourselves as effectively. And that is one thing that our folks have to concentrate on,” stated Snowball. “I am hoping that culturally oriented ideas will make it that a lot [more] enticing to households to return right here.”

He says the constructing overlooking the snowy Koksoak River is “based mostly round our tradition.”

“That is one thing that I believe is required … A whole lot of that has been misplaced in some instances. Getting again into our methods of life in a contemporary approach, trying to our future in trendy methods to ensure now we have a very good path for our youngsters and for our future,” stated Snowball, including that a few of their outside tradition packages are a terrific instance of that.

George Kauki started working at Isuarsivik almost seven years in the past when he was 5 years sober, and now co-ordinates this system’s land program. (Olivier Plante/Radio-Canada)

Land as remedy

A woman smiles at the camera, holding a brown box with caribou meat inside.
Lucy Johannes, co-ordinator of meals providers, made jerky after George Kauki killed his first caribou of the winter. (Isuarsivik Regional Restoration Centre)

Kauki is aware of the therapeutic energy of the land effectively.

In his function because the land co-ordinator specialist, he organizes outside excursions with contributors. The following cycle of purchasers can have entry to a cabin the restoration centre acquired away from city.

It ought to serve “to present all people the infinite quantity of area that they want, whether or not it’s simply to relax to take a breath of contemporary air with out vehicles driving by, with out noise,” stated Kauki.

He says for Indigenous folks “the land has nice therapeutic powers.”

“I might say the land was typically my remedy after I wanted assist,” Kauki stated.

“With the noise of nature, the water, the wind, the tundra. It is simply lovely on the market, so I am completely happy the place we’re heading. We’re on track to restoration for Nunavik.”