“I’m walking from La Ronge to Regina asking people in our province, people in our country, to give a s—t. These are real people. Fri. 6PM - 12AM Sat. “The statistics are there, but we are not only statistics. The Northern Cree drum group performing at a ceremony for Tristen Durocher and his companions on their way to Regina from La Ronge. “I just released my first fiddle album, which is kind of funny because here’s this music that the Métis people have used to deal with our grief for hundreds of years,” Durocher said. Photograph by Brandon White. By Michael Bramadat-Willcock. We have so many suicides.”. Conexus Arts Centre, 200A Lake Shore Drive $20/Daily, $40 Weekend Pass. legislature votes down suicide prevention bill, Multimillion-dollar Indigenous wellness centre breaks ground, Sask. That was a beautiful illustration of just how much they don’t give a s—t,” Durocher said. “For me, first and foremost, this is a ceremony. Photograph by Michael Bramadat-Willcock. By Michael Bramadat-Willcock. Tristen Durocher plays fiddle in Air Ronge, Sask., the evening before embarking on a walk to Regina, where he hopes the legislature will change its stand on suicide prevention in the province. This is just another of the ugly racist memes - that translates worldwide, only the names change, jews, chinamen, slaves of all colours, Rohingya, women...the list is endless, will not end until humanity extinguishes itself or ....? “I’ve lived through this, I’ve borne witness to this, I’ve stood at the graves of children with their families grieving and put on a strong face to fiddle because their little brothers and sisters needed something to look at other than their mothers and grandmothers in the depths of grief,” Durocher said. This year’s annual report from provincial children’s advocate Lisa Broda concluded that of the 34 deaths recorded in the provincial child welfare system last year, 29 were Indigenous children (First Nations or Métis) and seven of the 34 were deaths by suicide. I want them to feel the urgency that we feel.”. The province’s suicide prevention strategy states that it will co-ordinate activities to promote life and reduce risk factors related to death by suicide in Saskatchewan. We ask that you please have a 50% deposit in by February 1st and pay the remaining 50% by March 1st, 2019. “This wasn’t Doyle Vermette’s bill, this wasn’t the NDP’s bill. These are people that are loved who we lost.”. Durocher, of Buffalo Narrows, and his supporters left Thursday from Fairchild Cemetery near La Ronge. Tristen Durocher started his walk to Regina at the Anglican Church cemetery near La Ronge. “I don’t let the kids see me broken. Politicians came for a weekend, took a few photos, called that consultation and continued to do nothing,” Durocher said. Vermette said he was exhausted after it was rejected, but gained fresh hope when Durocher called to tell him about the walk. Photograph by Michael Bramadat-Willcock. Rural and Remote Health Minister Warren Kaeding released Pillars for Life: The Saskatchewan Suicide Prevention Plan in May, which outlines a collaborative approach to suicide prevention. Durocher held an intimate smudging ceremony between family and friends on Wednesday in Air Ronge, the day before leaving for Regina. Lac La Ronge Indian Band chief Tammy Cook-Searson spoke in both Cree and English at the sendoff: “You’re going to bring to light that we need to do something different for suicide. If you are in immediate danger, you can call 911. 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For instance, Regina’s crown jewel and the 4th largest park in North America bears the name Wascana Park. Those are our youth and our people,” Durocher told Canada’s National Observer on Tuesday. But there are times behind closed doors when the tears come and there have been nights where I wasn’t sure if they would ever stop and I’ve had enough of that.”, Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Local Journalism Initiative/Canada's National Observer. Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson with Emily Cummings. Hope that something is going to change in our northern communities here in Saskatchewan for every man, woman and child who lives in our north and right across Canada.”.
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