Momentum is gaining for opening a detox centre in Inuvik as the community’s town council passed a controversial vote to allow a local bar to open 26 Sundays a year.
A group of leaders in Inuvik spearheaded by Joey Amos, manager of the John Wayne Kiktorak Centre — Inuvik’s emergency warming shelter — have formed the Beaufort Delta Detox Center Society to make it happen.
Amos said working at the shelter has exposed him to many people who struggle with addiction.
“I want to see people move forward in life and get healthy again,” Amos said.
“But unfortunately they aren’t going to get it at the warming center and there is a need for the detox center that will be geared towards helping folks get sober and clean.”
No local options
Anyone in the Northwest Territories who wants addictions treatment currently needs to go to a center down south, such as Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Center in St. Albert, Alta.
“I’ve worked there and it’s a good facility,” Amos said.
“But at the same time I’ve seen a number of people come from Inuvik and the region that go out there for treatment and many do not succeed because they are so far away from home.”
Amos says that they’ve formed a board for the proposed centre and are working on securing non-profit society status.
After that, they’ll meet with the town and other Indigenous groups in Inuvik before seeking support from the territorial government.
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