Dedicated to helping families through substance misuse treatment
The Tommy Beardy Memorial Family Treatment Centre (TBMFTC) is a one-of-a-kind organization dedicated to its mission:
“To strengthen Indigenous communities within the Sioux Lookout area by offering a family-oriented, land-based Treatment Program which provides support and guidance to individuals living with substance misuse.”
Our Treatment Centre
For over 30 years, the Tommy Beardy Memorial Family Treatment Centre (TBMFTC) has served the 49 communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN).
We help our clients by providing them with tools to help strengthen family dynamics and employment skills & opportunities. It is our goal to help First Nation communities understand and overcome substance misuse through the active practice of traditional values and beliefs, the development of a strong spiritual base, and fostering a culture of resilience.
The philosophy of the Treatment Centre is based on the traditional values, beliefs, and spirituality of the Indigenous culture of the Aski-Nishnawbe First Nations. These beliefs and values are centered upon the importance and strength of the community and the involvement of the total community in the development of a healthy and supportive lifestyle for its families and individual members.
We offer a 6-8 week family-oriented, land-based Treatment Program which includes:
- Pre-treatment at the community level
- Assessment & understanding of substance misuse
- Fostering of healthy relationships
- Healing of memories and trauma
- Transitioning to help return to home communities
- Follow-up at the community level
Specific Treatment Program components exist for:
Embarking on your family’s healing journey has never been easier. Our new user-friendly online application has been thoughtfully designed with your needs in mind.
We accept applications from individuals who:
- are voluntarily agreeing to participate in the Treatment Program;
- are assisted by community-based agencies, health professional, and other related agencies;
- have been substance free for a period of 30 days prior to attending the Treatment Program;
- are able to come to the Treatment Centre with a 6 week supply of their medication; and
- have children three months of age or older.
Clients were able to experience a Land Navigation program led by Counselor Greg Vic. Using his previ-ous military experience, Greg spent time in the class-room teaching the clients how to use a compass, learn navigation points, how to read a map and make their own...
The fall season brought many activities to the Centre. Clients and staff participated in the community led Truth and Reconciliation walk. They also made good use of the open water, fishing using nets and poles. Hunting for partridge and moose brought the families out...
Our New Land based Healing Camp is situated off the Harvest Road towards Bearskin Lake. It is a 30 minute ride to the site, which sits on the Severn River and has a sandy beach. A road to the site has been constructed using professional equipment and sup-ported by...
With the spring weather warming up, staff and clients gathered as a group in the centre’s new green-house to get their hands in the dirt by planting tomatoes and various other seeds. As the seasons changed, clients of all ages helped to water and harvest. Food...
Several staff members attended “Healing Our Spirit Worldwide”. This conference is in its 9th year, and brought together over 2500 Indigenous leaders and health care professionals from around the world to share and celebrate the healing power of traditional Indigenous...