LEWISTON – William Nevin, a cultural counselor in Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick, Canada, will speak at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at Central Maine Community College on Turner Street in Auburn.

His presentation will focus on substance abuse and mental health treatment with the Native American population on the reservation. He will also discuss the use of native spirituality and ceremonies when working with the population.

Nevin is employed at the Lone Eagle Treatment Center in Elsipogtog and has traveled throughout Canada and the U.S., learning and teaching traditions of the First Nation people of Turtle Island. He has performed ceremonies with the Sioux, Blackfoot, Micmac and other tribes of Eastern Canada. Nevin is also a sun dancer who serves as sun dance chief of the Eastern Tribes of Canada.

Nevin’s presentation will be held in Kirk Hall Auditorium at CMCC. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The event is sponsored by the Human Services and Native American clubs at the college.

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