Elders Set to March Against Drug Abuse

Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 15:31



The Sturgeon Lake reserve will be the starting point for a march against drug and alcohol abuse this week.


On Thursday morning, participants will begin a 146-kilometre-long walk to Sandy Lake.


The event is open to all and intended to bring awareness to the large number of social problems that exist in Sturgeon Lake and other communities as a result of substance abuse.


Mary-Rose Naytowhow is the coordinator of the event and a member of Kokums and Moshums against Drugs and Alcohol.


She says the youth of today may feel isolated at times with their problems, but she wants them to know that part of the reason she and others are holding this walk is to let the youth know someone is trying to watch out for them.


Naytowhow says marchers will rest in Spruce Home, Prince Albert and Shellbrook before planting an eagle staff at Sandy Lake on Sunday to mark the end of their journey.


She encourages other communities in central and northern Saskatchewan to hold similar events, as well.