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WELCOME TO NECHI

Nechi Institute offers a number of accredited programs that are transferable to many universities and colleges.
Nechi is recognized as one of the finest Indigenous training, research, and health promotions centres in the
world, Nechi Institute is a powerful resource for Indigenous people and communities addressing issues such as
drugs, alcohol and gambling addictions, family violence, and prescription drug abuse.

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Thank you for considering Nechi for your professional training. Over forty years ago, this organization was built on the sacred foundation of traditional, cultural, and spiritual practices. Nechi Institute is committed to assisting Indigenous communities with wellness and healthy lifestyles. Our approach to training, research and health promotions is comprehensive, holistic, and balanced, focusing on the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual dimensions of the individual.  We are proud to serve the Indigenous communities of Alberta and throughout Canada.  It is our belief that Indigenous people know what they need and must be able to contribute to their own healing and wellness, a process that happens daily on our training set and throughout the country.  We are committed to continuing our mission to renew and strengthen our programs and services; assist in the advancement of health and wellbeing in all communities. We need you to help construct this future. Our curriculum is the result of guidance and direction from our Elders on the healing that is much needed in the communities, as well careful academic research and decades of practitioner experience working with Indigenous students. The training you will receive at Nechi is experiential and built on a solid spiritual foundation that will guide you through your life journey. We invite you to build your career on it!

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Nechi provides counsellors, health care workers, social workers, educators, community service agencies, government agencies, and other
members of the helping professions with the tools and resources to help heal the pain and devastation caused by addictions and abuse.

COURSES AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Pharmacology
This 5 day course is designed to develop an understanding of the theoretical concepts surrounding the pharmacology of addictions, such as the pharmacokinetics (the movement of drugs within the body) and pharmacodynamics (the effects of drugs and their mechanisms of action).

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COURSES AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Instructor/Facilitator
Are you interested in becoming an Instructor/Facilitator for Nechi Institute: Centre of Indigenous Learning?

If so, please submit a cover letter and CV/resume to Nechi CEO.

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Nechi Program Schedule For 2023 -2024

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COURSES AVAILABLE ON DEMAND

Crystal Meth Awareness
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New Developments

Creating Wellness Where We Go

Medicine Wheel Research Guide

Nechi’s philosophy is founded upon the spirituality of Indigenous Peoples for our collective well-being. It is through the Indigenous ways of knowing, healing and learning that Indigenous Peoples master their challenges and determine their destinies. Nechi’s courses will utilize the Medicine Wheel framework to cultivate the transformation of addictions into resilience.

ACCREDITATION

For over forty years, Nechi has been a leader in addictions, training, research and health promotions and training.

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OFFSITE CONTRACT

In house and offsite training, we custom build programs based on community needs. Learn how here
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Please help us keep Nechi is recognized as one of the top international indigenous training, research, and health promotion centers in the world.
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING

It’s been very grounding in the way they teach beginning and ending each day with smudging. It’s inclusive. We all feel equal. Our teachers are with us, not above us. They share their own experiences with us which makes them human – and they’re all Aboriginal too. That makes a difference.

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I have found my time at Nechi to be very spiritual. I knew none of this before I came.  grew up never talking like this and I want to bring what I’ve learned back hone to the youth there.

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I like the method of working on myself first because until that’s done, it’s not possible to move forward. I discovered some family traits that have helped me better understand who I am and gave me perspective.

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The way they teach at Nechi is one of the best ways I can think of. I have learned that I am the creator of my own life.  It’s up to me as to how far I’ll go in life and what I’ll be.  I’ve really gotten to know my classmates really well. We’re all one team and always support one another.  I’ve surprised myself with how far I can go.

I used to have to do everything right to be satisfied but now I know it’s okay to make mistakes and I’ve embraced that so I’m not afraid of trying new things.

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I like the way we do everything in a circle. The way the classroom operates is so different from the way other educational institutions operate. There’s much more interaction here between students. It’s a really nice atmosphere.

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We are all learning so much from ourselves through discussion. Our classes are self-directed. We do a lot of role playing and other things. Before this course started, I would never have spoken up like this in front of so many people. Now I do it a lot.

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Everyone here has a real place in discussions. Everyone has a piece to offer – their own life experiences, their own perspective and coming from their communities. We arrive at ideas collectively. It’s not about one person’s ideas at Nechi.

Nechi has also made me remember things my grandfather used to tell me years and  years ago. By what we’re learning now, some of his words then are starting to make sense to me now.

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It’s good that here people are open to talking about residential schools in an open way.

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I work in a group home and we don’t have any training like this. What I’ve learned here I can take back to youth in my community.  I’ve come to understand the teachings, the protocol and the ceremonies. Knowing this would give youth a more open mind. They would understand the beauty of our culture. It’s something all children should be exposed to at a young age.

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When I first came to Nechi and learned so many things, I came home and my children saw a big difference in how I was. I had really changed. Now I am an instructor here.

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COURSES

Find a listing of the educational programs.
We also offer specialty programs.
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