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Presentation given to Williams Lake Council on First Nation driven after treatment centre

The Letwilc Ren Semec Centre Recovery House gave a presentation to Williams Lake Council on Tuesday.

This was to talk about the work being done to provide addiction and mental health supports, while also giving awareness about the long term after treatment recovery house itself.

Letwilc Manager, Laurie Brown explains how the centre came about.

“Esketemc First Nation and Alkali Lake has had a really great long history in sobriety movement, and they made a movie called ‘The Honour of All’ where they work in they community with their addiction and their sobriety.” says Brown.

“So when this was offered, Esketemc jumped all over it, because it’s the perfect fit for them.”

Brown added that they got their first clients in 2019, and have been helping around 10 to 15 people a year.

The recovery centre, which is funded by the First Nation Health Authority and Interior Health, provides five beds for people exiting treatment needing to get their feet under them.

Brown says they help lead them learn life skills such as getting a drivers licence, getting a job, reconnecting to the community, and getting into housing.

Beyond that, she makes sure to stay in contact with clients, which she believes long term recovery is being missed throughout BC.

Members of Williams Lake City Council said during the meeting that they would tour the recovery house.

More information can be found on their website and Facebook page.

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