A tipi is now installed at Park Place Mall to launch a new organization in southern Alberta.
Mark Brave Rock of the Sage Clan Patrol said the teepee is a symbol of the house.
“This tipi is for hope and it is our home and therefore let’s create a better home – not that it is bad but it can be improved.”
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We Will Recover, a non-profit organization, provides addiction support services to the community. Lori Vrebosch is the founding director of the indigenous-led, Lethbridge-based organization and said it is an indispensable service for the region.
Part of the launch is hosting its first major event, Napi’s Gift, a campaign to bring organizations together to provide education and awareness to the surrounding community.
“We are here to help provide support and recovery in these dark times in an area which has been incredibly affected and which stretches from the Piikani Nation, the Blood Tribe, to the community of Lethbridge,” added Vrebosch.
Shannon Eagle Speaker knows the deadly effects of opioid addiction firsthand. His lesson on opioid loss began in 2019.
“I lost two children, 14 and 19, my mom in December and it’s 2021 and we’re still struggling with opioids. I have a 16 year old who got into it.
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Eagle Speaker hopes that greater awareness like Napi’s Gift will help continue to strengthen recovery supports for communities and families who need it most.
“I can’t relive this anymore. I cannot bury a third child. I don’t want to bury a third child.
Napi’s Gift will run for 18 days at Park Place Mall. It will include educational and awareness exhibits, recovery support services and fundraising activities.
A number of organizations make the event possible, including the Piikani Nation Band Council, Sage Clan Patrol, the Lethbridge Chapter of the Crazy Indian Brotherhood, the Lethbridge Overdose Prevention Society, Mom Stop the Harm and McMan Youth & Family Community Services Association.
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