Welcome to Nechi

Our experiential learning model ensures that you.
will acquire practical skills to work successfully
with Indigenous clients.

Internationally recognized as one of the finest
Indigenous training, research, and health promotions
centers in the world. Please support us.

Over 40 years.


Experience the Nechi Spirit!

Healing and wellness of the individual contributes to
healing of the family and community.

Transferable credits

Nechi Students can earn certificates and or
university transferrable credits.


Nechi Students can earn certificates and or
university transferrable credits.

Offsite Contract


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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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.




The Nechi experience has been described as “transformational.” It will change your life for the better Learn more



If you have no formal training, consider enrolling in our core program Community Addictions Training (CAT) that consists of six modules, each consists of 40 hours of training, including a mandatory cultural resource on Sunday Evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Learn more



At the Nechi Institute:  Centre of Indigenous Learning, you will learn how to deal with scenarios Learn more


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



In house and offsite training, we custom build programs based on community needs. Learn how here

Our experiential learning model ensures that you will acquire practical skills to work successfully with Indigenous clients..


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.

Gordon B

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.

Vera G

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.

Charleton T

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.

Shelly M

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.

Vera G

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.

Grace P

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.

Lester St.A

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

Fred A

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.

Karen H

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.

Ralph M

Please help us keep Nechis recognized as one of the top Internationally Indigenous training, research, and health promotions centres in the world.

Recent news

45th Anniversary Conference Celebrations-Celebrating Our Resilience-Oct 15-17, 2019

Join us for Nechi Institute’s 45th Anniversary Conference Celebrations in Edmonton, Alberta!


Interested in becoming a Facilitator/Instructor for Nechi Institute:  Centre of Indigenous Learning?   We are hosting a one day orientation session on what it takes to be a Nechi facilitator or instructor.

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Nechi Customer Satisfaction Survey

As part of our Community Service Learning agreement with the University of Alberta School of Business, the students that are working with us in the "Marketing Research Class 312" have created this survey on our behalf.
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Find a listing of the educational programs.
We also offer specialty programs.
Learn more here