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Addictions Counselling

Our prevention and treatment programs are centred around the holistic teachings of the Medicine Wheel. The goal is to assist clients to recover to a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual state of wellness. Through counselling in a culturally appropriate framework, each client receives the respect they need in order to grow and develop a healthy sense of pride and personal well-being. Culture is an important component of recovery, and cultural knowledge helps to greatly strengthen the treatment and successful recovery of individuals dealing with addiction issues. Referrals are provided to treatment facilities, and other resources.

Weekly Wellbriety meetings are held on Wednesdays from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, and Alcoholics Anonymous meets each weekday (except holidays) from 9:30 am – 10:30 am–both at the Friendship Centre. Contact the Friendship Centre for more information.

Funding for this program is provided by Interior Health.


Elder Care

Our Elder Care program centres around a culturally appropriate holistic approach that focuses on achieving and maintaining wellness through the balanced teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Services include: assistance with obtaining health care and contact with Aboriginal Patient Navigator; assistance with Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, and Guaranteed Income Supplement applications; access to mental health services; and housing. Activities for Elders include: monthly Elders’ Luncheons, attending the annual Elders’ Gathering, Elders’ Picnic, medicine picking, yoga, and other activities.

Annually, a group of our Elders attend the Elders’ Gathering. In 2017, this event was held in Campbell River, BC. We would like to express our gratitude to the New Relationship Trust Foundation – 2017 BC First Nations Elders Grant Initiative for their generous funding that enabled our Elders to attend this event.

Funding for this program is provided by Interior Health.


Mental Health

Our Mental Health program serves urban Aboriginal clients in the Kelowna area with one-on-one counselling, group workshops, anger management, and referrals to additional mental-health resources. All services are provided in a culturally relevant and appropriate way.

Funding for this program is provided by Interior Health.


Healing Circles

Weekly Healing Circles are held for men and for women, here at the Friendship Centre. Our Womens’ Healing Circle meets every Friday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm–for more information, please contact Gloria Peters at the Friendship Centre. Our Mens’ Circle meets every Thursday from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm–for more information, please contact the Friendship Centre.