First Innu nurse shares insights at Inquiry into the Treatment, Experiences and Outcomes of Innu in Child Protection in N.L.

 By Sanuda Ranawake  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Mary Pia Benuen is no stranger to alcoholism. She’s lived through it, experienced it in her parents, and community, she told the Inquiry into the Treatment, Experiences and Outcomes of Innu in Child Protection, which resumed sessions Jan. 22. Benuen is the primary health director in Sheshatshiu, with over 30 years of experience in public health nursing under her belt. Benuen is also Labrador’s first Innu nurse. Before that, she had a much different life. “It really saddens me; I followed that route with them in my earlier years,” Benuen told the inquiry, referring to the alcoholism in her family and herself. “If there’s anything I could change about that, I probably would not drink.” Benuen also knew fear too well. She says while she…

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