Opioid crisis and homlessness focus of Blackfoot Nation discussion

By Theodora Macleod LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA-Community members from across Blackfoot Nation gathered on Friday at the Sandman Hotel to discuss the ongoing challenges of the opioid crisis and issues of homelessness. Hosted by the Sik-ooh-kotoki (Lethbridge) Friendship centre, it was a communing of hearts and minds featuring professor and knowledge keeper, Leroy Little Bear, Dr. Esther Tailfeather, and over 100 frontline workers, people experiencing addiction, people in recovery, and loved ones of those who have been lost to drugs. Gathered in a circle at the centre of the conference room, attendees shared their stories and answers to the question posed by Little Bear “What would you say to the Prime Minister and an opioid expert if you were sitting across from them?” Some said they’d have to bite back anger, while…

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