Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Public and Social Welfare.


Hedley, M.




This thesis explores the establishment of government-sponsored alcohol treatment facilities for Native people in Canada. An examination of treatment approaches suggests that Native recovery programs are a reflection of other existing treatment technologies. The development of government-sponsored programs represents negotiated territory between "self-determination" and the government's effort to re-define citizenship. The following sources of information were included in this project; face-to-face interviews with staff members from different treatment facilities, a review of websites outlining the treatment programs in Native facilities, an analysis of documents on Alcoholics Anonymous and a review of literature that outlines Aboriginality and "governable spaces." Seven interviews were conducted between the November 2000 and July 2001. The results suggest that the government-sponsored recovery facilities are not particularly different from most non-Native treatment centres. The conclusion is reached that applying the A.A. model, despite its emphasis on sameness, allows room for the incorporation of difference into Native recovery programs. Native facilities recognition of distinctiveness permits treatment to be applied in a less inclusive way.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2001 .H465. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 40-06, page: 1436. Adviser: M. Hedley. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.