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New Intake will begin – Jan 6, 2021 and applications are still being accepted.


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The health and safety of our visitors, residents and employees are our number one priority. We are committed to maintaining Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Treatment Centre’s to the industry’s highest cleanliness standards, and we comply with the protocols and guidelines established by public health and governmental authorities.

As of August 6, face masks or coverings are mandatory at our centre.

Hand soap dispensers and hand sanitizer dispensers are available at designated locations at our Centre. We have implemented rigorous sanitization procedures for washrooms, tables, door handles, and other high-touch surfaces with increased frequency.

Please help us keep our residents and staff safe and do not enter if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: Cough, Difficulty Breathing, Fever.

We require a 2 meters distance to be maintained among all individuals in the property. We ask that all social distancing signage be respected.  We are requesting that social distancing practices are followed.

We are relying on everyone’s cooperation, as together we will ensure the well-being of all.

Thank you for your trust in us.


We have increased our cleaning routines and removed some ‘high touch point’ equipment such as water dispensers, door handles, tables, etc.

Hand washing is one of the most important ways for us all to reduce the spread of the virus. All residents and staff are required to practice good hand hygiene; we have regular hand washing, and guidance on how to wash your hands effectively is visible throughout our building. We have also increased the number of hand sanitising dispensers available.

Social distancing

In order for our residents and staff to be able to maintain social distancing we have made some important adjustments to our Centre, including; new signage indicating where to sit, stand or walk while social distancing from others, as well as screens to provide a safety barrier between our residents and staff.

Additionally, we are limiting the public, as they are no longer allowed to enter our building, if they do we are expecting public to a strict hand washing or sanitizing policy, with residents and staff wearing appropriate levels of protection at all times. Where possible we have introduced one-way systems.

COVID-19 testing

For residents, COVID-19 testing should be done prior to entering our Treatment Centre. Please call 811 or request a test from your family physician. Saulteaux Healing and Wellness requires the Covid-19 test results prior to admission into the centre.

As healthcare workers our staff are eligible for the same Covid-19 testing. If they test positive for COVID-19 they are sent home to self-isolate in accordance with national guidance.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

To help ensure we remain a COVID-19 free location – and in line with the latest government advice – patients are required to wear a non-medical face covering when visiting us. This can be a mask, scarf or any other fabric face covering that covers your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. If you are unable to provide a face covering from home, you will be given a face mask on arrival.

When you come to see us, you may notice that some of our colleagues are wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face masks, aprons, or gloves. While this will look strange, please do not be alarmed; this is to keep everyone safe and means you will be much better protected against the virus.

No visitors

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any visitors to our Treatment Centre as we need to limit the number of people in our buildings to ensure social distancing. We understand this will be difficult for many of our patients and rest assured that our staff will be doing all they can to make your stay with us as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

Needing assistance?

If you are being escorted to the Treatment Centre, we ask please that your escort should stay in the car and if possible, you should check in at the main reception on your own. If you do rely on assistance to move safely, then no more than one person may accompany you to the reception desk. Our friendly staff will be on hand to help you from reception onwards.

About Us

Our Vission

To assist clients, families and communities to lead an addiction free lifestyle.

“Our generation needs regeneration”

Our Mission Statement

To provide a holistic addictions treatment program that will assit people in developing and maintaining a drug and alcohol free lifestyle, that promotes building healthy individuals, families and communities for all nations.


Saulteaux Healing & Wellness Centre Inc. (SHWC) was originally located in the Kamsack Union Hospital as an Inpatient substance free Treatment Centre in the 1970’s. It later became an outpatient treatment centre.


In 1997, Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations incorporated SHWC. Cote First Nation’s first school was utilised for a short time. SHWC then moved to the old band office on Keeseekoose First Nation.


On March of 2003, the SHWC relocated to Cote First Nation on the west side of the Cote Administration Office.


On May 2, 2016, we opened Saulteaux Healing & Wellness Centre’s 19-bed In-patient Addiction Treatment Centre


Today SHWC is located on the Cote First Nation southeast of Badger Ville.

Treatment Director: 

Camilla Whitehawk



Sarah Kakakaway


Sharon Severight

Aftercare Coordinator: 


Saulteaux Healing & Wellness Centre

Our Contact Info

Box 868, Kamsack,

SK, S0A 0L0

Phone: (306) 542-4110

Fax:(306) 542-3241


Our Work

Our In-Patient Treatment Program

The Saulteaux Healing & Wellness Treatment Centre’s Program is a 42-day treatment program that operates on the Cote First Nation. Clients attending the SHWC will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural and/or faith-based activities. In addition, clients are equipped with the tools and strategies to help them overcome their addiction and past trauma from a First Nations perspective.

Our Program Consists of the Following Themes

  • Week one: Trust Building
  • Week two: Awareness
  • Week three: Courage
  • Week four: Honesty
  • Week five: Love
  • Week six: Wisdom
About Our Program

The SHWC Centre is an 18 bed, residential service that offers a 42-day program for those requiring specialized addictions treatment. The program embraces a holistic approach that considers the individual’s physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs through individual and group counseling.

The SHWC Centre offers a safe and structured environment for its clients in addition to educational and therapeutic services. The program encompasses psychoeducational, therapeutic and recreational groups with individual follow-up available based on client need. The overall goal of the program is to help clients reduce the risk of relapse while managing their recovery through achieving healthy, balanced lifestyles.
The SHWC Centre is staffed with a multidisciplinary team consisting of social workers, addiction support workers, mental health worker, as well as non-clinical support staff.


Referral Process

Referrals for admission will be accepted from Addictions Counsellors and/or qualified health professionals. Clients must be at least 18 years of age; have an alcohol and/or drug addiction which includes addiction to prescription medications; be mentally and physically able to participate in an intensive treatment program; and be able to participate in group-based programming.  Our clients should be detoxed a minimum of 7 days prior to program start date.

Program Topics
  • Abandonment
  • Addictive Brain
  • Anger Management
  • Alcohol & Its Effects
  • Boundaries/Personal
  • Co-dependency
  • Change Process
  • Choices
  • Communication
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs/Street Drugs
  • Dynamics of
  • Separation
  • Life’s Journey
  • Effects of Drugs
  • Family Roles 
  •  Forgiveness
  • Loss & Grief
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Lateral Violence
  • Life Skills
  • Mapping Community Resources
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Teachings
  • Methadone & It’s Effects
  • Natural Law/Life- Givers
  • Parenting
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Psycho-Dramatic Bodywork©
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-Talk
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Structure & Non-
  • Structure Society
  • Trust & Confidentiality
  • Traditional Parenting
  • Trauma & Addiction
  • Triggers
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • What is Addiction
Cultural Activities
  • Smudge/Prayer Ceremony
  • Sweat Lodge Ceremony
  • Traditional Teachings
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Traditional Parenting
  • Saulteaux Language Classes
  • Sweetgrass, Sage, Tea Picking
Admission Requirements

1. Must be 18 years or older.

2. Must complete the SHWC Referral Application Package.

3. Medical Forms must be completed and submitted prior to attending.

4. Clients must be detoxed a minimum 7-10 days prior to attending.

5. Must have a valid Provincial Health Card.

6. Applicants must not have any medical, legal appointments or court appearances while attending the SHWC treatment program.

  1. Be prepared to follow a structured environment.
  2. The 1st week of treatment is the BLACK OUT WEEK.
  3. Bring appropriate clothes that is reflective of the season (see the Rules & Regulations).
  4. Arrange for comfort allowance prior to attending the SHWC treatment program.
  6. Participation is expected everyday for six weeks.
  7. Treatment is not a holiday it is YOUR workday.
  8. All medical and dental appointments should be taken care of prior to attending treatment.

Since we opened on May 2, 2016, we have held 15 successful intakes (6-week programs).

If you should require additional information, please call us at 306-542-4110.

Additional Information

Confidentiality and privacy SHWC is compliant with current privacy legislation and holds all information relating to treatment in the strictest confidence. Information is not released without the client’s written consent except for circumstances when required by law.

A combination of comfortable accommodations, healthy and delicious foods, empathetic staff, demanding yet balanced programs, along with a cozy group setting ensure that you receive the very best in addiction services. This is achieved without the clinical atmosphere that is found at your typical treatment centre. Some of the recreational activities that will be available to you include:

• Fitness room

• 2.1 acres

• Walking path

• Private and semi-private rooms

• Gorgeous, spacious dining room area

• Nutritious homemade food

• Magnificent view overlooking the beautiful landscape of Cote First Nation.

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Upcoming Events

2022 Intake Dates

➢ November 8 – December 17, 2021

➢ January 10 – February 18, 2022

➢ February 28 – April 8, 2022

➢ April 18 – May 27, 2022

➢ June 6 – July 15, 2022



The Past and Present Generations have experienced traumas and addictions far too long. We must take a stand to the poison that is destroying our loved ones. Together let us as a Nation say NO to addictions.
Let’s create a healthy pathway for future generations.

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