Throughout the history of our people, we have faced a long and arduous battle against addiction in our communities. However, yesterday we, as Wabanaki peoples, were able to breathe a sigh of relief. At our first Tribal Council Convening, we brought leaders together from Wabanaki tribes throughout the state to celebrate the fruits of our decade-long dream of creating the Wabanaki Healing & Recovery Center.
“We’ve had a lot of addictions, a lot of problems that come from that and now our people and all our tribes have a place to come,” Chief Elizabeth Dana of the Passamaquoddy at Sipayik said.
Expected to open for services this fall, our brand-new Wabanaki Healing & Recovery Center will serve as a cultural refuge for our people who look to keep ties of their culture close while receiving guidance and support on their road to recovery.
“The Lodge supports those in recovery by supporting their family and friends, their primary support network,” says Lisa Sockabasin, Executive Director of Wabanaki Public Health & Wellness. “The Lodge emphasizes family reunification and supports and provides childcare for those participating in the outpatient programming.”
To view photos and videos from yesterday’s convening, head over to News Center Maine, WABI, or WVII!
Woliwon / Wə̀liwəni / Wela’lin / Thank You!