Treaty 3 youth spokesman Will Landon is calling for reconciliation and change. Earlier this week, he talked to Kenora city council.
"I've lost count on my fingers and hands the friends I've lost to suicide, murder, drugs, alcohol. I've seen some horrible things," he said, noting he has also attempted suicide and struggled with addictions.
Landon, who is from Wauzhushk Onigum, is calling on community leaders to help lead change, so that we can offer a better future for our next generations.
"We have kids coming into Native Studies classes in Beaver Brae that are hosted by my parents, and they're talking about how their parents tell them about lazy Indians, drunks, who are on the streets causing trouble," Landon told councillors.
With the assistance of Jake Boutwell, they hope to form a local youth council comprised of young leaders in their 20’s. This council will be a joint venture between the sovereign nations surrounding Kenora, including the Metis Nation and the municipality of Kenora. These include: Dalles, Wash Bay, Rat Portage, Whitedog, Shoal Lakes #40 & 39, Metis Nation of Ontario, Onigaming, Northwest Angles #37 and #33, and Grassy Narrows.
The hope is to provide a better future for the next generations, Landon added, noting we can all have a ripple effect.
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