Iinii Moyis (Buffalo Lodge)

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30-Day Indigenous Land-Based Teaching Addiction Treatment in the Ghost Wilderness

Indigenous Land-Based Teaching

Iinii Moyis (Blackfoot for Buffalo Lodge) is a pilot 30-day Indigenous land-based treatment program for males aged 18 to 24. The program includes traditional addiction treatment such as individual counselling and group sessions, outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing, and a foundation of Indigenous land-based teaching that focuses on ceremony, culture, language, identity, and interconnection with the land.

The program is located at our remote 20-acre facility beside a lake and at the foot of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the Ghost Wilderness. Participants will stay in simple but comfortable accommodations, enjoy hearty nutritious meals, and become immersed in culture and community over the course of their 30 days at Iinii Moyis.

The program is funded by The City of Calgary Change Can’t Wait grant program. There is no cost for participants to attend Iinii Moyis.

PARTNERS IN A LONGER STORY

Although Iinii Moyis is a 30-day pilot program, we see it as the beginning of a longer story–for both participants and Enviros. At the end of the 30 days, participants will be on the continuous path of connection and recovery, and the site will have been transformed into a centre of land-based teaching. The future of that centre is limited only by the strength of the partnerships we form as we develop the Iinii Moyis program and the vision the partners bring to the site.

The Story of the Buffalo and the Storm

As a storm approaches, the buffalo observes that other animals like itself shake with fear. Some of them stand still and others run from the storm. It’s in the wisdom of the buffalo that it realizes if it chooses to do the same, it could freeze to death or prolong the duration of the storm. So, the buffalo turns into the storm, head lowered and taking slow steps into the wind, freezing temperatures and deepening snow, knowing it will cut the duration of the storm in two. As the buffalo begins to build self confidence, self worth, self acceptance, faith and trust in itself, it begins to run into the storm. Then the buffalo begins to charge the storm with its head held high and finally breaking through the storm. Family and friends are waiting, birds are singing, the sun is shining, waters are clear, the grass is green.

In life we all carry storms in our hearts from the past to the present.

Referral Process for Iinii Moyis

We are partnering with existing programs and organizations that already have waitlists. We will work with you and the young men aged 18 to 24 on your wait list to determine whether they would benefit from the program, which starts in the first week in August. We know that land-based teaching in a remote location won’t be a fit for some, but for others it will be a lifesaver.

Because this is a pilot funded by the City of Calgary Change Can’t Wait grant program, the initial pilot is limited to those in the Calgary area.

Know of someone who would be a fit for Iinii Moyis who’s not on a waitlist for another program? Contact Michelle Gaudek at 403.219.3499.

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