Poundakers Lodge is hosting activities for National Addictions Awareness Week

Poundmakers Lodge Executive Director Brad Cardinal was honoured at the Poundmaker's powwow earlier this month. Article and photos by John Copley

(ANNews) – The Poundmakers Lodge Treatment Centres Elders, Board and staff are pleased to announce upcoming community engagement activities in recognition of National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW). National Addictions Awareness week has been around since the late 80’s and since its inception,

“Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres has taken the initiative to continue raising awareness and educating the public on efforts to reduce the impact of addictions on our community at large,” said Executive Director Brad Cardinal. “Our engagement activities will focus on celebrating continued recovery and healing with significance placed on the role of Aboriginal culture.”

Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centres prides itself on its 40 plus year history of providing exceptional addiction treatment services to Aboriginal populations.

“Our organization has strived to be a leader in bringing issues of importance to the forefront in both mainstream and Aboriginal communities,” added Cardinal. “We believe ongoing engagement through cultural ceremony significantly improves health outcomes amongst our Aboriginal peoples and strengthens Alberta’s health care system.”

“We are recognizing the week with events such as the Sober Walk on November 17, and our Round Dance on November, 2016,” noted Lacey Kaskamin, Community Engagement Coordinator.  “We invite the community to show their support in acknowledgement of this important issue affecting our community.”

For more information please visit www.poundmakerslodge.ca or call 780 458 1884.


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