Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Youth of Attiwapiskat and Cross Lake in Crisis

This is a repost of an article I read on Facebook. I urge you all to read it. The crisis is real, the heartbreak is real. 
I found some nature pictures on the web and cropped them to make bookmarks. Then used my publisher program to add some words of inspiration, printed them, cut & trimmed and laminated them and added a length of ultra suede with a feather charm on the end. They are going off in the mail today.

"Calling All Angels:

Some of you may be aware through the news of the crisis in Attiwapiskat and Cross Lake where the First Nation communities have declared a state of emergency to prevent further suicides among youth in the communities. In a community of 2000, there have been 101 suicide attempts since September. 11 last weekend alone. The youngest is 10 years old. 10! Like many remote indigenous communities they lack proper housing, running water, social services and employment. Youth are running out of hope.

At a community gathering of youth in Attiwapiskat this week, the youth began to look at what is available to them, what they need to begin healing and to create hopeful futures and they identified many beautiful and important things like a library, sports and recreation, and pow wows. But what really touched (pulled!) my heart was their request for prayers and messages of support.

I remember very dark days in my life. I am sure you remember yours. I also remember the people who helped me believe I could be strong for one more day, or believe I was worthy of being alive. Words have the power to heal and change lives. So I am sharing my words of love and support for these youth and I hope you will too.

May we all remember our humanKINDNESS.

If you would like to join me in sending love notes to these youth, the addresses are below. "

Cross Lake Nation: Youth in Cross Lake, Cross Lake Band Office,
 P.O. Box 10,
 Cross Lake, 

Attawapiskat: Youth in Attawapiskat,
P.O. Box 248
Attawapiskat ON
P0L 1A0

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