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Society pushing for detox centre in the Nicola Valley.

The Wellness Society of the Nicola Valley consists of representatives from the City of Merritt and five area First Nations bands.

Lower Nicola Indian Band Chief Aaron Sumexheltza says the group has met a couple times, and the goal is to break ground on the proposed rehabilitation centre sometime in 2019.

"Addiction and trauma from residential schools has affected people in the Nicola Valley for a long time. We would like to see community members be able to deal with their issues, get healthy, and be able to live a productive life moving forward."

The Wellness Society of the Nicola Valley are hoping to secure both a location and funding for the proposed detox centre in the coming months.


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