On October 23rd, we tuned into CBC, with millions of other Canadians, to watch Gord Downie’s The Secret Path and the discussion that followed (The Secret Path and discussion transcript can be found on CBC’s website). The Secret Path is a musical and visual portrayal of Chanie Wenjack’s attempt to find his way home after escaping from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, ON. He died on October 22, 1966 walking the railroad tracks, trying to reach his home and family in the remote community of Ogookiing (Ogoki Post), over 600 km to the north. He didn’t know how far away it was or how to get there, but he tried.
Indian Business Corporation (IBC), a social finance leader based in Calgary, AB recently released this collection of impact stories from its loan customers – describing the ways in which their lives have changed for the better as a result of getting a loan, starting a business, hiring family and friends, and contributing to the stability of their communities. Read more
The Cree government of Pimicikamak has declared a state of emergency after a number of suicides in the Northern Manitoba community of Cross Lake. An emergency declaration will likely trigger a short-term emergency response and while immediate mental health services and community crisis supports are needed, more attention to the root causes of despair, hopelessness, and exclusion is required to effectively address Aboriginal suicide. Read more