The Government of the NWT has statistics on every habit that indigenous people in the north indulge in; how much they drink, smoke or gamble. What the GNWT does not have, are statistics on how many indigenous people stay clean and sober after they are sent south for drug and alcohol treatment.
The community of Fort Simpson held a community caring meeting to talk about how the community could help those who return home stay clean and sober.
Raymond Pidzamecky, a counselor who has traveled to Fort Simpson and has been counselling residential school survivors and those suffering post traumatic stress disorder, for almost 15 years agrees that communities need to heal as well as those seeking treatment for addictions.
More on Fort Simpson’s Community Caring Meeting here.