It was an exciting day on Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation last Friday (Sept. 23) as residents and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the grand opening of two important buildings - the newly built school and youth centre.
From Sept. 9-11 people from all walks of life were invited to Chalk the Walk for World Suicide Prevention Day, which took place on Sept. 10. With chalk available through the local Hero Club and Prairie Mountain Health representatives, community members were invited to beautify our community with images and messages of hope, resilience, suicide awareness and prevention. Every year, 160 million people world wide contemplated suicide and, tragically, 800,000 of them die by suicide. This means that more than 159 million people who survive a suicide related crisis every year. There is no reason that anyone has to die by suicide and, if we all do our part, we can prevent those deaths that do happen and the devastating impact that they have.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) MMIWG Liaison Unit was in the Valley on July 7 to support the family of Lorene Bone, who has been missing since 2016. The group made numerous stops around Sapotaweyak Cree Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, raising awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
A number of Main Street businesses are left picking up the pieces after a fews weeks of criminal activities has lead to a slew of broken windows down and just off Swan River’s main drag.