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Blood Tribe Recovery Community construction starting

Construction of the new $30-million, 75-bed  Blood Tribe Recovery Community was announced last week.

The centre is one of 11 being established by the government across Alberta.

“The addiction and opioid crisis are deeply affecting the Blood Tribe as well as other Indigenous communities,” Blood Tribe Chief Roy Fox said. “Every member has felt the pain of losing a friend or family member.”

“The new 75-bed recovery community will help us to support those willing to make their world a better place for themselves, their children and families, through the lens of Kainayssini.”

The government is working in partnership with the Blood Tribe to build the first Indigenous-led recovery community.

The facility will offer culturally appropriate treatment and holistic healing on Blood Tribe lands for up to 300 people every year.

“Today’s ground breaking is an exciting milestone towards increasing addiction treatment in Alberta that is truly built for those most in need,” Mental Health and Addiction Minister Dan Williams said. “As part of our commitment to land-based treatment, we have ensured that every aspect of this new building was designed in collaboration with the Blood Tribe.”

“We are looking forward to delivering this vital service to those suffering from the deadly disease of addiction in southern Alberta.”

The Blood Tribe Recovery Community will be operated by the Blood Tribe Department of Health with government funding.

The Blood Tribe Recovery Community is the first of four recovery communities to be built in collaboration with First Nations partners.

Also in progress are facilities with Enoch Cree Nation, Tsuut’ina Nation and Siksika Nation.

Construction is expected to be complete in late 2024 with clients entering soon after completion.

“This recovery centre will present Indigenous-led solutions that will help break the cycle of addition and create positive change for everyone needing support,” Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson, said.

Recovery communities are a form of long-term treatment for addiction used in more than 65 countries around the world.

Treatment at publicly funded recovery communities is free for all Albertans.

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