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Indigenous Health: Addictions



National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP), in association with the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada:

NNADAP Treatment Centre Directory:

Government of Saskatchewan Directory of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centres:

Nechi Training, Research and Health Promotions Insititue:


The Aboriginal Healing Foundation & D. Chansonneuve, 2007.  “Addictive Behaviors Among Aboriginal People in Canada”.

Dell, C., et al, 2008.  Horse as Healer: An Examination of Equine Assisted Learning in the Healing of First Nations Youth from Solvent Abuse. [A Saskatoon- based article.]  Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 81-106. 

Dell, D. & Hopkins, C., 2011.  Residential Volatile Substance Misuse Treatment for Indigenous Youth in Canada.  Substance Use & Misuse, Vol. 46, pp. 107-113. 

Hansen, J. & Calihoo, N., 2014. “How the Urban Aboriginal Community Members and Clients of the Friendship Centre in Saskatoon Understand Addictions Recovery”.  Aboriginal Policy Studies, Vol 3, No. 1 & 2, pp. 88-111. 

International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Special Issue on Indigenous Health, 2010.  Vol. 8, No. 2.  

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, 2007.  “Inuit Specific approaches to Healing from Addiction and Trauma”.

Nechi Insititute & C. Daniels, et al, 2002.  Tobacco: A Cultural Approach to Addiction and Recovery for Aboriginal Youth.

Oviedo-Joekes, E., et al, 2010.  Characteristics and Response to Treatment among Aboriginal People Receiving Heroin-Assisted Treatment.  Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 101, No. 3, pp. 210-112.

Tait, C.L., 2008.  “Ethical Programming: Towards a Community-Centred approach to Mental Health and Addiction Programming in Aboriginal Communities”.  Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 29-60.

Tillson, T., 2002.  Acknowledging Native Healing Traditions: Medicine Wheel Offers Sacred Approach to Treating Addictions”.  Journal of Addiction and Mental Health, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 13. 


Gundy, D., 2010.  How White Bison’s Wellbriety Program Embraces the Spirituality of Native American Culture to Enhance Addictions Recovery.  M.A., School of Professional Psychology, University of the Rockies.

Perley, B.C., 1997. The Use of Native Spirituality in Addiction Treatment: A Case Study of the Five New Brunswick Native Treatment Centres.  M.A., Sociology, University of New Brunswick.

Ryan, S.A., 2000.  The Many Directions of Four Stories: Aboriginal Women’s Experiences Living with Addictions and HIV/AIDS.  M.A., Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University.