A building with a playground and gazebo beside it.
Some smudge bowls sitting on top of a blanket.

About our Organization

Rainbow Lodge commenced operations in the community of Wikwemikong in September 1976 as an alcohol treatment centre.  In 1992, the organization incorporated as Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre Inc., and began servicing individuals living with alcohol and drug challenges.

In 2008, we proudly became an accredited organization, and have maintained this status to date through Accreditation Canada.

By 2012, the programs and services were modernized and the treatment centre became recognized as a culturally-based polysubstance abuse treatment facility.  And in 2019, and with much collaboration with Wiikwemkoong and other organizations, funding was approved by Indigenous Services Canada, FNIHB, to construct the new healing lodge to provide an expansion of services along the continuum of care. By the end of 2021 the new healing lodge was completed and community members, both Elders and youth, came together and named the new facility Jiingaabe Noojmoo-gamik, Spirit Healing Lodge. It was in early 2022 that we opened our doors to our Residential Treatment clients in our new building.

Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre Inc. proudly serves its community and its people through an array of services

Our doors are open. We are here for you.

Our Community of Wikwemikong

Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory is a reserve located on the eastern peninsula of Manitoulin Island in Ontario. The reserve is held by the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, which is composed of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. Together, these nations form the Three Fires Confederacy. As an unceded reserve, Wiikwemkoong has not relinquished its land through treaty or other means. 

With an area totalling 426.14 km², Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory is the largest reserve in Ontario by area. Wiikwemkoong is located on the eastern peninsula of Manitoulin Island in Georgian Bay. It is accessible from the mainland via Highway 6. (The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Our Mission

Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre Inc. is dedicated to the delivery of culturally-based addictions treatment and prevention services.

Our Vision Statement

To empower individuals and families toward a healthy lifestyle, healing and wellness, through education and utilizing cultural holistic approaches.

Our Purpose

  • To help individuals develop the skills that help to deal with the effects of substance abuse.
  • To assist individuals, families, and the community with understanding the impacts of alcohol and drugs.
  • To work with individuals and families in developing effective problem solving and social skills to influence living a drug-free life.
  • To support the understanding of the community’s traditional values and beliefs in order to foster healthy families and a healthy community.

  • To work collectively with community groups to define and implement programs within the community that will ultimately lead to healthier families and a healthier community.

  • To encourage ongoing healthy living through after-care and follow-up programs and services.

Miigwech – Thank you.

Our logo was created by local artist, James Mishibinijima, and is proudly used throughout our organization to represent the services that we offer.

Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre logo