The founder of the Hope in the Darkness Walk for Youth Mental Health, Kevin Redsky, will be making his way to a ceremonial event in Kenora today, as he passes through northwestern Ontario.
The Hope in the Darkness Walk for Youth Mental Health is a national walk that began on the east coast in April, and on the west coast in May. Police officers, youth, mental health workers and families from across Canada have all joined in the walk, to raise awareness for youth mental health. The final ceremony will be held next month in Winnipeg.
“The main purpose of the walk is to bring youth and police together to address mental health and to rebuild relationships between young people and police,” said Redsky.
Redsky, a Sergeant with the Anishinabek Police Service from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, started the walk in honour of his niece, who he lost to suicide in 2013.
A welcoming ceremony is planned for Kenora residents, starting at 11 a.m., at Seven Generations Education Institute, 240 Veterans Drive, followed by a fund-raising barbecue. A walk to Keewatin Place will commence at 2 p.m. later in the afternoon.
The ceremony will include traditional greetings and prayers, words from local dignitaries and elders, and the singing of the Honour Song by the Whitefish Bay Singers.
Redsky has previously met with various Treaty #3 community members across the region, Vermilion Bay residents, and families, youth and police officers in Dryden.
The Dryden Police Service held a pancake breakfast earlier this week to help raise awareness of the cause, as well as to raise funds for youth mental health. The DPS has also been selling T-shirts in support.
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