NADAP Celebrates 25 Years

Thursday, August 10, 2006 at 13:06



The 25th anniversary of the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program is being marked today at an international Indigenous gathering in Edmonton.


A book of recollections about the impact of NNADAP will be launched today at the Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference.


It’s called “The NNADAP Storybook: Celebrating 25 Years”.


The publication contains stories of recovery and hope drawn from experiences of First Nations people and their communities.


Assembly of First Nation chief Phil Fontaine notes that NNADAP was the first national program to be completely delivered by First Nations.


Fontaine believes First Nations-control of the program is the reason why it has been successful in helping native people with addictions reclaim their lives.


He says many residential school survivors were only able to break the cycle of addictions and generational abuse through the intervention of NNADAP workers.