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Healing of the Canoe

Social Services
Healing of the Canoe


Mission/Vision :

Building resilience by providing Life skills and prevention methods thought native lessons and activities.

Services & Program

  • Healing of the Canoe is acollaborative project between the Suquamish (Sue-Kwam-ish) Tribe, the Port Gamble S’Klallam (Sklall-um) Tribe, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and the University of Washington. The Healing of the Canoe program addresses youth substance abuse issuesthrough life skills and prevention with a community based, culturally grounded prevention and intervention life skills curriculum for native and non-native youth that builds on the strengths and resources in Clark and Cowlitz County. The curriculum uses the Canoe Journey as a metaphor, providing both native and non-native youth the skills needed to navigate their journey through life without being pulled off course by alcohol or drugs –with native and non-native culture, tradition, and values to guide them.
  • Healing of the Canoe youth leaders have been working on digital stories about things they are passionate about. These youth talk about what they have learned from being a part of Healing of the Canoe program over the years and about other personal things that matter to them. They created these on their own time with very little assistance from HOC staff. Over the next few months, we will be starting their amazing work on this platform.
Have questions about Cowlitz Indian Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program?

Youth in Clark and Cowlitz Counties, age 9-17.

Our Locations
SUD/Healing of the Canoe (HOC) Prevention
900 Fir Street Longview, WA 98632
Phone: 360-575-3316
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5 pm (Programming times varies throughout the year)


The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues. The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure. Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.