Healing Our Spirits: Aboriginal Mental Health and Substance Use Program - West Kootenay Boundary

Offers support and services to persons of Aboriginal ancestry, ages 15 to Elder, with substance use and/or mental health concerns. Services include:

  • Cultural case management, individual (one to one) support and counselling and group support in a cultural setting
  • Bi-weekly "Healing Our Spirits Talking Circle" recovery circles in Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Grand Forks and Nakusp. Traditional circles include story telling, medicine wheel teachings and ceremony.
  • Referrals and support to access other community resources and services
  • Support and connection to the larger Aboriginal community, including Aboriginal gatherings, events, celebrations and ceremonies
  • Cultural consultation and support to Interior Health Mental Health and Substance Use staff who are working with Aboriginal clients.

Circle participants may self-refer or be referred by a service provider.

Program Coordinators:

  • Juanita Kiff               juanita.coinations@gmail.com      250-777-3683    Castlegar, Nelson, Salmo, Kaslo
  • Tanis Carson            tanis.coinations@gmail.com         250-444-0334     Grand Forks
  • Michael Garvey        michael.coinations@gmail.com    250-265-8755     Nakusp
  • Breland Greschner   breland.coinations@gmail.com    250-608-7472     Trail

Please inquire about COVID-19 protocols.

Address / Contact Info

Circle of Indigenous Nations (COINS) Society Main Office
1801 Connors Road Castlegar, BCV1N 3N9
Executive Director : Kris Salikin

Phone Numbers

Kris Salikin, Executive Director: (250) 231-4968

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This program was last updated on: 20 May 2021.