The Alberta government announced its newest $35 million Recovery Centre on Siksika Nation.

The 76-bed facility will help support those who are currently battling drugs and alcohol get into recovery.

Chief Ouray Crowfoot of Siksika Nation says this new building is vital for the community.

"We've basically been in survival mode for a long time. I strongly feel that we're turning the tide here at Siksika and we're moving from survival mode to thrive mode."

According to Crowfoot, addiction has greatly impacted the nation.

"Far too many of our people are dying prematurely. You know, you have mothers and grandmothers going to go see their grandchildren put in the earth. And that's just not our way."

The beds will house 300 people every year.

“Every person suffering from addiction deserves the opportunity to pursue recovery. This milestone is something to celebrate as lives can be rebuilt and people can be reconnected with their family, community and culture. Our government is proud to work with Siksika Nation as we move forward with this recovery community," says Minister of Mental Health and Addiction, Dan Williams.

The province says Siksika Nation will own and oversee the operation of its recovery community, which will be open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients.

People can stay at no cost for up to one year and take part in programming.

The construction phase has now begun with completion of the facility expected in the fall of 2025.