Woman’s stand against drugs continues in Woodland Cree Nation

Susan Thompson
For the Lakeside Leader

Shilo Thomas is still raising awareness about drug use, violence and suicides from the front lawn of the Woodland Cree Band Office, despite the days when she feels she has hit a wall.

Thomas began her protest on July 20 and almost a month later still hasn’t given up.

The Woodland Cree First Nation is backing Thomas, saying in an official Facebook post on Aug. 11 that Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom supports her efforts, and that the Woodland Cree Council also encourages Shilo to keep bringing awareness to this important issue.

Besides talking with anyone who comes by, Thomas is also gathering as much support as possible to take next steps.

“We are having a planning session on September 2, trying to implement some activities or some sort of action,” Thomas says.

The planning session will be held at the Mamowintowin Hall at 2 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to come to help find ways to ensure a better future for local youth. For more information anyone who is interested can call Kate Gruszeki at 587-216-5542.

Thomas is also planning a wellness walk, which has been rescheduled to September 10 to coincide with Suicide Awareness Day.

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