Thunderbird Partnership Foundation


Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre is a youth residential solvent abuse treatment facility, licensed under the ‘Child & Family Services Act’ and accredited through the Canadian Accreditation Council. Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre is an incorporated, non-profit national treatment facility and is located on the Chippewa’s of the Thames First Nation.  NNHC received Letters Patent and Charitable status in June 1999.

Nimkee NupiGawagan is governed by a Board of Directors representative of seven First Nation communities located in the Southwestern Ontario Region ; an Elder’s seat; youth seat  and two Board appointed representatives .

NNHC has provided residential solvent abuse treatment since 1997 as part of the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program funded by First Nations Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada.

Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Center  is mandated to provide solvent abuse treatment services to First Nations and Inuit Youth ages 12 to 17 through a 4 month, gender based, residential program which is is first and foremost culturally- based and incorporates strength- based resiliency models; reality choice theory and emotional intelligence as therapeutic approaches that complement the wholistic indigenous model of treatment.

Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre is a well-established organization, achieving many successes in terms of client outcomes, human resource management and accreditation.


  • NNHC has served over 400 clients and families throughout our period of operation.
  • Over the past 10 years NNHC has had an average 82% program completion rate and three of those years within the 10 year –period NNHC maintained a 100% program completion rate.
  • NNHC has completed three cycles of accreditation with Accreditation Canada beginning in 2002 and ending in 2011 for a total of 9 nine years.As of 2012 NNHC is successfully accredited with The Canadian Accreditation Council until 2016.

Policy Governance & Indigenous Governance:

  • Nimkee NupiGawagan Healing Centre Inc. utilizes the Policy Governance Model to provide strategic leadership and governance.  In policy governance, the board governs on behalf of the people in the membership.
  • At the core of the Corporation is the belief in our own ways as Indigenous peoples.  A Sacred Bundle entrusted to the Board, exemplifies all that the organization stands for and will guide the Board in fulfilling their roles and responsibilities.
  • In 2006 the assembling of the Nimkee governance bundle was completed and amendments made to the By-Law to include the bundle as a central component of the governance of NNHC

National / International Activities

  • NNHC Staff & Board members have presented at Healing our Spirit World Wide conferences since 2002.
  • International Forum for Youth in Residential Care – Glasgow , Scotland
  • National Research Forums
  • IIMHL Leadership Exchange
  • YSAC Inhalant Abuse Conferences

Throughout the years, NNHC has consistently collected statistics to understand the profile of the clients we serve.  The data NNHC has been compiling over the years  is unique in that there is no systematic data on inhalants such as this anywhere in the world.  NNHC began collecting this data along with YSAC(NNHC is part of the YSAC network of like solvent abuse treatment centres across Canada. ) NNHC has the most consistent data of the network and this data has been presented nationally and internationally to help other countries understand the dynamics of solvent abuse, to consult and assist in the development of national policy and in the development of programs and services for inhalant abuse.  Some examples include:  USA – consulted in the development of a Youth Inhalant Abuse Program in Bethal, Alaska,presented to the National Inhalant Coalition, Washington D.C, presented to the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Australia (- consulted with the Federal Government and was influential in the Governments commitment to invest 9 million in Inhalant Abuse services for Aboriginal peoples and have consulted with a number of developing programs including participating in 2 different Australian Research projects on Inhalant abuse.)

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