Tsow Tun Le Lum

Tsow Tun Le Lum Society


  • Name Nora Thomas
  • Position Program Director
  • Phone 250-390-3123 local 227
  • Email

Main Contact

  • Name Nola Jeffrey
  • Position Executive Director
  • Phone 250-390-3123 local 224
  • Email

Programs & Services

“Thuy Namut” Substance Abuse Treatment Program: This is a 40 day intensive residential program for Aboriginal people that is grounded in Aboriginal culture and traditions. The program is holistic in nature and is for those who are ready to put substance abuse behind them. Participants will build on existing strengths and aspirations and create pathways to continue recovery from substance abuse, through a carefully developed therapy process.

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 our communities.

Tsow Tun Le Lum



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 Aboriginal people to live healthy, happy lives and to have pride in their Aboriginal 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 over looking Nanoose Bay, leased from the Nanoose First Nation.

  • Beds 8 CRF Beds
  • Population Male and Female
  • Age Adult (19 years and older)
  • Exclusions Untreated violent, Untreated sex offenders, Those with no contact orders with anyone under the age of 18 and those on the methadone program.
  • Criteria Aboriginal

Application Process

Referral is made through the case management process or through the Institutional Parole Officer. Assistance may be received through Aboriginal Elders or Aboriginal Liaisons Officers. The case worker and offender together develop an individual recovery plan. Prospective participants are usually interviewed before being accepted into the program by the Tsow-Tun Le Lum Staff. Participants need to be motivated, have a commitment to personal healing and be eligible for release to the community.

Community Involvement

Elders In Residence

Tsow-Tun Le Lum has developed a network of supporting Elders. Some of whom become Elders in Residence. The majority of the Elders are from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. The Elder in Residence assists in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellness of clients. The programs all offer traditional teachings along with cleansing and other cultural ceremonies. Participants will experience several different Elders and approaches in their healing. Elders live in Residence and work individually with particpants as well as within the group setting.

Those seeking admission are requested to obtain community support

Local Parole Office

Correctional Services of Canada