Use, abuse and addictions to prescription drugs are a major concern across Canada. Moreover, there is a heightened concern and crisis situations – especially with opioids – within First Nation Communities Nationwide. Our most vulnerable group falling into the opioid crisis trap are our Youth.
It’s for these reasons that leadership in our First Nation Communities continue to work together to help spread awareness, information and engage youth in understanding the harsh realities of drug/opioid use, abuse, addictions and other related negative consequences.
On March 30 & 31, 2019, WTPS is hosting a 2-day ‘Youth Empowerment & Safety – Y.E.S – Drug/Opioid Awareness Conference’, at the Manitoulin Hotel and Conference Centre, in Little Current, ON. We invite you, the media, to cover our initiative; one that we hope will serve as a catalyst for other local First Nations to raise a heightened awareness of this serious reality.
Youth from across Manitoulin Island will learn about the impacts of drug and opioid addictions, the resources available to fight addictions and what leadership is doing to help combat the crisis. Messages will be shared by local Anishinabek Leadership along with Nationally renowned motivational speaker/award winning Aboriginal hiphop musician Rob KASP Sawan and nationally known poet/musicians Mary Black and Blaine Constant of Bloodline-Music, Motivation and Inspiration for the Next Generation who are serving as main workshop facilitators. They have all suffered substance and alcohol abuse and continue their healing journeys – journeys they will share with conference participants through their workshops and through a Dance Party – Performance on Saturday evening.
Chief McCaffrey on the growing concerns of Opioids in our Community: “Our Indigenous Communities are facing a National opioid crisis. The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health emergency. This is a complex health and social issue that needs a response that is comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate and culturally-based. This is why I have pushed for this Youth Conference to take place, to raise awareness on this issue. WTPS will always strive to keep our Youth Safe and Healthy.”
For more information on this milestone initiative, or to register, please contact organizers:
Roxanne Recollet: 249-878-1360
Kerry Assiniwe: 705-677-9069
The Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service proudly serves and protects the people and property of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island.
WTPS delivers community-based policing by developing cooperative relationships and by understanding the needs, customs, culture, and rights of our people.