The Night Wind Treatment Centres (NWTC) are unique healing facilities designed to meet the needs of referral agents, youth, their families, and communities. NWTC provides clear, congruent, and in-depth treatment created for youth and their families. The vision is to have culture and spirituality as the core essence of all programming within the centres, and to combine with best practices in the treatment and healing of trauma.
The mission of NWTC is to build capacity in youth to regaining a healthy sense of self-identity and the skills necessary to create harmony and balance in their relationships with family, friends and the community.
NWTC is guided by principles of holistic treatment. The principles we use respect both cultural and evidence-based practices that integrate the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the whole self. NWTC guiding principles are:
- Emphasize the distinction of Indigenous beliefs and traditions;
- integrate evidence-based practices aligned with trauma-informed care;
- recognize Aboriginal healing practices and culture as important to developing self-identity and give clients the opportunity to be exposed to culture and traditional methods of treatment;
- effective treatment requires us to infuse cultural practices, treatment and trauma-informed care into everything we do;
- respect the individual healing preferences of all clients;
- a systems approach to treatment is carried out with the understanding that a client’s support network is essential to meaningful and lasting change;
- teaching and modelling healthy coping strategies and building resiliency to support clients with significant issues including addiction-oriented attitudes and behaviors, and
- the client will graduate from treatment possessing self-determinism, attitudes and skills that can be generalized to their home and community following treatment.