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Addictions treatment spaces to open in Onion Lake Cree Nation

Chief Henry Lewis calls healing lodge a ‘game changer.’
Ekweskeet Healing Lodge capacity increases 15 spaces.

ONION LAKE CREE NATIONFifteen new addictions treatment spaces were announced Tuesday at Onion Lake Cree Nation.

According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, the new spaces will help adults access withdrawal management services and will be open to all Saskatchewan residents. 

"The 15 detox beds added to the continuum of service already present at Ekweskeet Healing Lodge is a game-changer for the members of Onion Lake Cree Nation, including the other 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan and all other residents of our province," Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Henry Lewis said.

"The need for these beds is substantial and for anyone that has been contemplating their journey to healing and wellness, the support provided through these services is an excellent first step."

Onion Lake Cree Nation is located about half an hour north of Lloydminster. It was one of the successful proponents chosen through a competitive Request for Proposals process initiated by the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority seeking addictions treatment services, including intensive outpatient, inpatient treatment services, withdrawal management and recovery or transitional services.