‘Reaching Out’

“A letter-writing campaign is helping reach out to ‘First Nations’ {‘Siberian settler’} communities in northern Saskatchewan coping with the recent tragedy where six girls took their own lives in less than a month.

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“Fran Forsberg is a long time foster parent and children’s rights advocate who felt compelled to act after hearing of the suicide crisis…

“Forsberg started the unique campaign with a simple ‘Facebook’ post in hopes of connecting with children in the ‘indigenous’ communities.

“The children up in these northern communities need to know that their lives matter”, she wrote on Facebook. “I ask that you take a few minutes of your time to a write a card or letter of encouragement to these youth. Answer the call to know we are all connected, that they are loved, that they are not alone.”

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“Forsberg’s call struck a chord with Canadians from coast to coast. The campaign will have sent more than 2,000 cards and letters by next week.

Grosvenor Park United Church,
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More than 250 people came together in La Ronge, Sask., after a sixth suicide in northern Saskatchewan. (PHOTO: Jim Searson)
More than 250 people came together in La Ronge, Sask., after a sixth suicide in northern Saskatchewan. (PHOTO: Jim Searson)

“Family members of one of the victims think the simple act of putting pen to paper might help other children who are still grieving.

“The kids here can write back and tell them what’s happening in their lives, and tell them on paper what their thoughts are”, Nancy Ratt said. Sally Ratt said: “I think it will have a positive effect on our youth.”

“I had such a good response and I’m so happy about it”, Forsberg told ‘CTV News’.

“The first box of cards arrived in the community earlier this week.”

–‘Amid youth suicide crisis, letter-writing campaign connects with ‘indigenous’ youth’,
Misha Gajewski, CTV News, November 12, 2016 

Feature Image: CBC

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/amid-youth-suicide-crisis-letter-writing-campaign-connects-with-indigenous-youth-1.3158429

Fran Forsberg (PHOTO: Devin Heroux / CBC)
Fran Forsberg (PHOTO: Devin Heroux / CBC)

“This cause is personal for Forsberg. She adopted eight children who are Plains Cree and who are similar in age to the girls who have taken their own lives.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/cards-hope-northern-saskatchewan-1.3833368

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See also:
‘Playing Political Games With Children’s Lives’ (Attawapiskat) {May 6, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/playing-political-games-with-childrens-lives/

‘Moving is the only hope’ (Remote Reserves) {June 23, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/moving-is-the-only-hope/

‘Another Failing Remote Reserve’ (Shamattawa) {September 28, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlaw.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/another-failing-remote-reserve/

‘Another Tribal Crisis’ (Stoney ‘First Nations’) {July 26, 2016}:
https://endracebasedlawcanadanews.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/another-tribal-crisis/
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