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Exploring Theme: "Indigenous Addiction and the Justice System"

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April 17, 2024

Coming full circle 

Johannes Semigak has spent nearly all of his adult life in jail. After causing the death of his brother, the Inuk man has embarked on a journey of learning about intergenerational trauma, relocation and addiction.  Johannes Semigak, 35, returned to his hometown of Hopedale in March for a sentencing circle. Semigak was convicted of manslaughter...

September 11, 2022

James Smith Cree Nation Chief calls for drug treatment centres after knife attacks

Crystal meth addiction is rampant in community, support needed, leaders say CBC: The chief of James Smith Cree Nation and other Indigenous leaders are calling on the provincial and federal governments to fund on-reserve addiction treatment centres following the horrific stabbing rampage on the Saskatchewan First Nation and neighbouring town of Weldon. “We’ve got to protect our...

September 6, 2022

The beast of addiction in Indigenous communities remains untamed

Globe & Mail: Tanya Talaga – Over the past week, a Thunder Bay hotel’s conference room has become home to a land-based healing and recovery program. There, 17 women from one northern First Nation about two hours down the highway – women who are addicted to opioids, alcohol, crystal methamphetamine (jib) and/or methadone, which is...