CHRISTIAN ISLAND, ON (November 27th, 2018) – Deputy Youth Chief Lance Copegog of the Beausoleil First Nation Youth Council has released the following statement on the occasion of National Addictions Awareness Week:
“November 26-December 2nd, 2018 marks National Addictions Awareness Week. This is an opportunity for us to highlight the pressing need to combat addictions in First Nations communities.”
“Investments need to be made in order to ensure that First Nation communities have resources to address and deal with addictions. Beyond that, a whole-of-community approach is required to heal families touched by addiction.”
“The Beausoleil First Nation Youth Council remains committed to ensuring that we continue to address addictions as part of a whole-of-community approach.”
“The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) says: Addictions does not discriminate – it affects all walks of life. We agree and extend an invitation to the CCSA to work with us to address addictions.”
Lance Copegog is the Deputy Youth Chief of the Beausoleil First Nation Youth Council and an Indigenous youth leader in Ontario. The Beausoleil First Nation Youth Council (BFNYC) represents the youth of the First Nation, advocates on their behalf, and creates a vision for the future.