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Walk for International Overdose Awareness Day

Sagamok-Anishnawbek First Nation is inviting the wider community to the annual International Overdose Awareness Day.

Co-organizer Candace Mandamin says the walk will acknowledge the grief of family and friends, address the stigma of drug-related deaths and help spread awareness of overdoses.

She says the day is marked on August 31st and will begin at 3 pm in the Community Wellness Department parking lot with an opening prayer and smudge ceremony by Wayne Southwind.

The walk will wind its way down to the park by the river where community members will share their stories as well as naloxone training for attendees.

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The day will be capped off with the lighting of lanterns in memory of loved ones at nine pm.

She encourages anyone from outside communities to also take part.

She adds the public is also encouraged to wear purple, the official colour of the movement, in support of the initiative.

For more information contact Mandamin at 705-865-2171.

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