Alberta’s government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Enoch Cree Nation for the development of a new recovery community on the First Nation. With an investment of up to $30 million in capital, the new 75-bed facility will provide holistic addiction treatment services for up to 300 people in the Edmonton area every year.

“This agreement with Enoch Cree Nation paves the way for a new recovery community to be built on Enoch lands, driven by the community it serves. This partnership reflects our government’s commitment to working with Indigenous communities to increase access to land-based and trauma-informed addiction treatment services that meet needs of everyone in Alberta.”

Danielle Smith, Premier

“We’re proud to partner with Enoch Cree Nation on a recovery community that will welcome Indigenous people and Albertans from the Edmonton area, supporting some of the communities most impacted by the addiction crisis. Everyone struggling with addiction deserves the opportunity to pursue recovery, and this new facility will give more people that chance.”

Nicholas Milliken, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction

Working closely with Indigenous leaders is vital to removing barriers to comprehensive, culturally appropriate services in Indigenous communities and an important part of strengthening recovery-oriented systems of care across the province.

“Everyone pursuing recovery deserves our support. We are making that possible by offering important care while strengthening the ties between Indigenous culture and community. Thank you to Enoch Cree Nation and our partners for working with us on this project.”

Rick Wilson, Minister of Indigenous Relations

“With this new treatment facility, we have the opportunity to turn things around and reunite our spirit. Not only would this facility help those who are struggling with addiction or mental health issues, it would benefit our entire Nation.”

Chief Cody Thomas, Enoch Cree Nation

The construction of a recovery community on Enoch Cree Nation stems from the work of the Edmonton Public Safety and Community Response Task Force. The Edmonton and Calgary Public Safety and Community Response Task Forces are responsible for implementing $187 million in provincial funding to further build out a recovery-oriented system of addiction and mental health care. The initiatives being implemented are part of a fair, firm and compassionate approach to keeping communities safe while treating addiction and mental health as health care issues.

“Partnering with Enoch Cree Nation is an important step forward in ensuring that everyone can access the right care to support their recovery from addiction. The Enoch recovery community will not only increase the number of addiction treatment beds in the Edmonton region, it will be the start of a new path – and a new life – for hundreds of people every year.”

Mike Ellis, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services and chair, Edmonton Public Safety and Community Response Task Force

“I’m very pleased that our government is making this important investment in addiction treatment. This new treatment facility will provide the supports needed for anyone seeking recovery from addiction. Together, with the people of Enoch, we can improve the lives of so many.”

Mark Smith, MLA for Drayton Valley-Devon

Alberta’s government has also committed $75 million in capital funding for the construction of three new recovery communities to be located in Grande Prairie, and the Central Zone and North Zone. Each recovery community will establish up to 75 new long-term residential treatment beds, which will each help up to 300 people every year. This brings the total number of recovery communities planned or underway in Alberta to nine.

Budget 2023 secures Alberta’s future by transforming the health care system to meet people’s needs, supporting Albertans with the high cost of living, keeping our communities safe and driving the economy with more jobs, quality education and continued diversification.

Quick facts

  • Recovery communities are a form of long-term residential treatment for substance use disorders used in more than 65 countries around the world.
  • Treatment at publicly funded recovery communities is free for all Albertans.
  • Budget 2023 provides up to $30 million in capital funding for the construction of a recovery community in the Edmonton area.
  • Construction of the Enoch recovery community is expected to begin in early 2024.
  • Enoch Cree Nation is the second First Nation in Alberta to partner with Alberta’s government to build a recovery community. Blood Tribe First Nation was the first.
  • A total of nine recovery communities are planned or underway in Alberta: Red Deer, Lethbridge, Gunn, Blood Tribe, Enoch, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Central Zone and North Zone.
  • Albertans struggling with opioid addiction can contact the Virtual Opioid Dependency Program (VODP) by calling 1-844-383-7688, seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. VODP provides same-day access to addiction medicine specialists. There is no wait list.