Night Wind Treatment Centres grew from the need to have culturally informed care for Aboriginal youth. The four initial owners of NWTC brought with them over eighty years of direct combined experience working with youth in different settings. Ten years later the vision for the centres remains consistent; to have culture and spirituality as the core essence of all programming within the centres, and to combine with that core the best practices in the treatment / healing of historical trauma.
Over the last ten years a lot has been learned and developed and the organization has expanded to meet the needs of the youth, families, case workers and communities we serve. From humble beginnings as a small group care facility NWTC has grown to include two separate healing centres, a transition to independent living home for clients graduating the treatment program, and a mentor home for youth who are too young for independent living. Although NWTC has always provided family counselling to those families of youth in our care, we are now in the process of further expanding our family program.
As the agency has grown the need for individualized and caring education services has evolved. After several relationships with local school boards we now have established two official Alberta Learning sites at each of our healing centres, a major accomplishment.
As we continue to grow and learn we are continuously grateful for the guidance we have received spiritually, and remain open to the needs of our youth and all those involved in their care. After all, youth started as our priority ten years ago and youth remain the centre of all that we do.