April 13th, 2021 – Nenqayni Wellness Center Society: People of the Land

Nenqayni (Nen-ky-knee) Wellness Center invites you to join us as we share the incredible success of our First Nation treatment program, which has strong cultural approaches to wellness. Nenqayni Wellness Center focuses on relationships using cultural as a way of building attachments and sustaining long-term wellness of the heart, mind, body and spirit. Nenqayni focuses on individual and family care plans and trauma-informed care, while emphasizing the wisdom of Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Nenqayni’s unique approach to holistic healing includes traditional medicines, rituals, ceremonies, land-based healing, and Elder share programs to support existing best practices and methodologies of evidence-based treatments.


“To provide holistic healing to First Nations and Inuit youth, families, and communities in a safe and secure environment.”

 Topics will include:

  • Nenqayni operations, and service delivery
  • Family Alcohol and Drug Program
  • Youth and Family Inhalant Program
  • Equestrian Assisted Learning
  • Continuing Care Program
  • Intake Process
  • Online programing and support
  • Accreditation and continuous quality improvement
  • Gathering Our Medicine Parenting Program
  • Nutrition and Wellness Program
  • Life Skills Program

Knowledge Keepers will share the importance of culture in the healing journey.

Thank you for your interest and participation!

This session’s video is now available for viewing.

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in our events.

We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Our events aim to embody a safe space for everyone of all different backgrounds to have their opinions and voices equally heard.

Date: Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am

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About the Presenters:


Cecil Sheena is a knowledge Keeper at Nenqayni Wellness center.

My spiritual name is Eagleshield,

My borrowed name is Cecil Sheena,

I’m Okanogan 1st nation, born and raised in Merritt BC 43 years old, my father is Abraham Sheena Syilx 1st nation (Okanogan nation) and mother Janice Sheena Maiden name George Nlaka’pamux (Thompson nation), Iam the 8th child out of 9, 5 sister and 3 brothers.

My spouse is from the Chilcotin 1st nation, one son and four daughters, one granddaughter and one grandson.


Angie Brinoni has multiple certifications in trauma-informed care, ECE certification, Addictions and Community Services, Indigenous studies, Pharmacology, Addictions Care and Treatment and is currently in school working towards a degree in psychology. Angie is dedicated to the ongoing investigation of best practices and Indigenous methodologies to improve programs and services.

William Bill Mansell has worked for Nenqayni Wellness Center for 16 years as a knowledge keeper, cultural wellness provider, and addictions coach. William is active in preserving and sharing First Nation traditional dancing, drumming and oral histories.


Taylor Ormiston is the Youth Family Inhalant Program Coordinator and equine-assisted learning (EAL) facilitator at Nenqayni Wellness Centre. She has been with Nenqayni for 3.5 years, and is originally from White Rock, BC. She completed her bachelor’s of arts at The University of Victoria in 2015 and is currently working on her masters in applied counselling psychology through Athabasca University. Taylor is the owner and founder of Connect Uniequus, an equine-assisted learning and personal development company. She created and operates Nenqayni’s EAL program which serves community members in the youth and family program, as well as offering staff training and professional development. Taylor has been working with horses in this capacity since attending a residential treatment program in 2004, and became a certified equine-assisted learning coach through EAL Canada in 2016.


Tamara Brigden is an LPN who graduated from the Practical Nursing program through Thompson Rivers University in spring of 2011. She has completed additional university courses in psychology and biology along with a number of shorter certificate courses relevant to trauma informed care, mental health and addictions as part of continuing education. She is currently in progress for entry to the Interprofessional Substance Use Practice Certificate program through Thompson Rivers University. Tamara worked for Interior Health Authority for 7 years following graduation, primarily in emergency but also within medical/surgical units and ambulatory care. She then spent 3 years working in a rural on-reserve First Nations nursing clinic providing a variety of clinic and home care nursing services. Tamara then began working within the mental health and addictions field first at the local Withdrawal Management unit last spring and subsequently at Nenqayni Wellness Center in October of last year. Tamara is a Diabetes Canada Food Skills for Families Facilitator and has secured funding from Diabetes Canada to offer concurrent programming in both the family and youth programs.


Cora Fraleigh

Hello my name is Cora Fraleigh and I am the youth counselor for Nenqayni Wellness Centre’s youth & family inhalant program.  I am of Irish, English and Shoshone decent and I have lived on Secwepmc and Tsilhqot’in territory most of my life. My educational back ground is as a registered social worker with a graduate certificate specializing in Indigenous child and youth mental Health.  I am proud to say that I am currently taking my last class in Masters of social work degree.  I love working with the youth at Nenqayni and walking beside them on their healing journey.  As a counselor for Indigenous youth, I utilize the traditional two-eyed seeing approach which is to bring the best of the western knowledge and the best of Indigenous knowledge for all the people I am blessed to work with.




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