‘No more lives lost’
For the Lakeside Leader
Shilo Thomas is staging a protest outside the Woodland Cree band office. She is trying to bring awareness to the amount of deaths from drugs and alcohol in the area.
“I’m doing the sit-in as protest to drugs that have taken so much from our community,” Thomas says. “I’m doing this so no more lives (are) lost. I’m doing this so we don’t close any more coffins. No more children, our future, dying. My generation should not be outliving the younger generation.”
In a statement on social media, Thomas writes: “Have a strong belief in my people, community and family. We have beautiful amazingly talented people here. I sit here trying to show that I won’t let you go easily. You are not unloved or unwanted, by being against drugs this is my way of saying you matter. You may be lost but not forever. There is light; if you can’t be your own I will give you some of mine.”
About a dozen people in the community have passed away this year from suicide or overdoses recently, according to community members.
Thomas says they are all family, even if they are not her immediate family.
Thomas started her protest on Monday, July 20 and spent several days raising awareness. She will be back again on Aug. 4.
“I’m going until I actually see something done,” she says. “I don’t actually know what can be done to make me stop. I need to see a week, a month, a year, where we are not burying another person’s child from this.”