In recognition of National Addictions Awareness Week, the Westbank First Nation is hosting several interactive events this week, aimed at breaking the stigma and providing education surrounding addiction.
“The theme of our events is ‘let’s talk’, and it’s all about educating each other and sharing openly and honestly about what it means to heal from addiction,” explained addictions worker, Rene Petel.
“Addiction isn’t necessarily about the toxic drug supply, either. People can be addicted to alcohol, gambling or social media, so it’s about creating awareness.”
Thursday’s event was called ‘Fathers of Tradition’, a chance for Indigenous fathers to take part in smudging, open discussions and cultural practices.
“It creates a safe place for fathers to get together and to share,” said Petel.