Muskoday First Nation, SK
White Buffalo Treatment Centre
15,446 sq. ft.
Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration
The new White Buffalo Treatment Centre, located on Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan, is designed to meet the needs of Indigenous female youth, between the ages of 12 and 17, who are experiencing substance use problems with drugs, alcohol, and or inhalants. Originally established in 1996, the programming at the White Buffalo Treatment Centre is based on a culturally-based and holistic model that connects spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental treatments into the client’s daily interactions.
The permanent facility features 15 bedrooms, common areas, therapy rooms, classrooms, a medical room, a gymnasium and exercise room, a kitchen and dining area, a courtyard, equine therapy space, and additional bedrooms for future program expansions. The landscaped courtyard connects the residence areas to the east and programming and office spaces to the west and north. Noteworthy spaces include the multipurpose room which can be used for graduation ceremonies while the dining and common rooms can accommodate the large numbers at such events for families to share a meal and relax. The Training/Classroom serves as a safe room for occupants to shelter in place encase of extreme weather events such as a tornado.
The design of this new facility was achieved through the collaboration of a large project management team that developed a clear vision for the project. Both interior and exterior environments have been influenced by the surrounding Saskatchewan landscape while incorporating biophilic design principles as elements relate back to the earth. The use of natural materials, warm and calming neutral, wood tones, and timeless elements helped achieve a home-like facility for the young women.
King Rose Visuals