Frequently asked questions
Gesgapegiag is a small Mi’gmaq community situated in the Bay of Chaleurs on the south shore of the Gaspé Peninsula in the Province of Quebec.
You can be referred by representatives of an agency or an organization in your community, including agents of the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP), psychologists, youth or extracurricular workers, health and social services professionals or by a hospital.
Our programs vary between 4 and 14 weeks or longer, depending on the needs of the youth.
It varies from one person to another and it depends on your progression. Usually a family visit is planned during the treatment program, but not before at least 6 to 8 weeks of residency.
You can go shopping with your own money, if you wish to do so. However, you must submit a list of the items you wish to purchase before going shopping. Youth can also earn money during their stay by accomplishing daily tasks.
No. Family visits are exclusively reserved for family members or significant others. Our goal is that the people who are important to you visit so that we can all work together to develop family unity.
Yes. You are strongly encouraged to participate in all activities during your program. If there is a problem and you cannot participate in an activity, we encourage you to let us know. We will then work to make the activity enjoyable for the entire group.
Physically, no. You must bring your school materials with you and classes will be given onsite at the Walgwan Center. A teacher will help you with the various subjects of your regular school program and the Walgwan program. To learn more, consult the Education section.
We will work with your educational institution to obtain tests and exams when you will have completed certain modules. We will then send them to your school for evaluation. Therefore, you will be taking care of yourself while progressing with your education.
The referral agency or organization will coordinate travelling with the medical transportation service in your community.
Government agencies will cover expenses, in function of client status.
When completing an admission request form, you must give detailed information about your state of health and medication. We ask that the youth bring their prescription that will be renewed as soon as their arrive at the Walgwan Center.
No. An admission request must be completed by an agency or community resource. A parent cannot fill out the form, but will be asked to sign a consent form allowing his/her child to participate in the program.
Yes. These two agencies can refer you for a treatment program at the Walgwan Center.
No. Visits must be authorized and planned in advance, in accordance with the youth’s needs. Parents are responsible for traveling costs, except for the following three occasions: the first visit (at the time of admission), a follow-up visit (during treatment) and the final visit (when the youth graduates).
Tuberculoses is a contagious disease that is transmitted in the ambient air by sneezing, coughing or spitting. Because we live in a relatively closed group environment at Walgwan, we wish to prevent infections. This is the reason we ask you to take this test and be treated, if necessary, before your arrival.