Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society
Substance Abuse and Trauma Treatment Centre

Tsow-Tun Le Lum means “Helping House”

We provide programs that address the issues of addictions and substance abuse, and that support the survivors of trauma and residential schools. Our mission is to strengthen the ability of First Nations people to live healthy, happy lives and to have pride in their native identity. Tsow-Tun Le Lum is a registered non-profit society operating a fully accredited treatment centre in Lantzville, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Our facility is located on five acres of land overlooking Nanoose Bay, leased from the Nanoose First Nation.

 

Thuy Namut

Substance Abuse Program


Grounded in Aboriginal culture and tradition, this 40-day intensive residential program is available to First Nations people. Holistic in nature, the program is for those who are ready to put substance abuse behind them.

 

Kwunatsustul

Trauma Program


Kwunatsustul is a Second Stage Recovery program with a focus on trauma. This program is designed to address the multitude of Mental Health and Trauma issues being faced in community. Funded by First Nations Health Authority.

 

Resolution Health Support Workers

RHSW


RHSW's are a team of First Nations counsellors/support workers who provide services to former students of Residential Schools and their families.

“Transformation”

Clients in treatment have realised that they have negative and positive personality traits. Often times we allow animal instincts to dominate our lives. We fail to control our appetites.

Treatment helps us turn away from all that is negative and seek out all that is good in our humanity. The "Split Wolf" may be interpreted as the emergence of the humane (the good, the positive side of the personality, as well, the hands may be seen along a vertical axis, one pushing away from all negativity, the other drawing toward everything positive.)

The use of an earth-tone red, should be a rather obvious symbol; the choice of the wolf design may not be quite so obvious. On the West Coast, wolves represent authority, law and order, and control. Clients certainly will be seeking self-control. Also, wolves are known for their intelligent co-operation during their hunts. Clients, too, will want to help each other as they search for their stronger self and healthier lives.

The white star created by the junction of the heads and hands, symbolizes the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Everyone seeking treatment is also seeking enlightenment. Treatment should improve the health of the body and mind, enlightenment is treatment of the spirit.

Ron Hamilton: Artist and designer of our logo

“Medicine”

In order for someone to become a client in treatment, they must have sought out help; they have to have said, “I have a problem, I must look for help.” The treatment centre provides a nutritious diet and regulates waking and sleeping hours. This regularity begins to heal the body. It is the client’s responsibility to maintain their regularity after treatment. The centre provides counselling to identify mental health problems, and the group sessions along with counselling are aimed at healing the mind. Ultimately each client will realize that practicing alcoholics are spiritually sick. They will then begin a spirit quest; to identify a higher power capable and providing them with strength, determination, and inspiration; to struggle with whatever problems life provides daily.

The arm and hand have no face attached, because each individual decides for themselves, where their help is coming from; still it is meant to be interpreted as a helping hand. The star represents enlightenment, realization, and awakening. The three leaves on the sprig of medicine are meant to indicate that alcoholics are never through with the process of healing themselves; that each day must be taken as it comes.

Originally the plan was for a face to be included in the design, representing the staff at the centre and also the “complete number” of four leaves were planned. I feel the alcoholic never ceases to require “medicine” and so the three leaves.

Ron Hamilton
October 18, 1987