Kokum Walk Draws Unexpected Turnout

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 13:56



Roughly one thousand people took part in a recent walk by Cree elders who were protesting against youth substance abuse.


The inaugural Kokums and Mosums Against Drugs and Alcohol Walk started Thursday in Sturgeon Lake and ended Sunday in Sandy Lake.


Walk spokeswoman Mary Rose Naytowhow says organizers anticipated only a few dozen people would take part, and didn’t expect the event to catch on like it did.


Naytowhow says the walk was a great bonding experience between the elders and the youth.


Naytowhow estimates 36 Saskatchewan First Nations were represented during the walk.