Cross Lake Nation - Emergency Situation
Organized by: Donna Reid
A remote Manitoba First Nation declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, March 9th after 6 suicides in the last 2 months and 140 attempts in 2 weeks alone. Current supports in the community are working 24 hours a day, but they are understaffed and underfunded to effectively deal with the situation. A group of local artists have come together to donate their time to find a way to help the community of Cross Lake in their state of emergency. they will be providing a few days of art therapy and follow up with a free concert for the community. The group of volunteers will be departing Winnipeg on March 30 and are scheduled to stay in the community until April 2, returning late in the evening. As this will be happening over spring break, the community has given us the use of the school to run programming in, complete with full access to cafeteria and school grounds. Cross Lake has been receiving lots of prayers and support from Winnipeg and surrounding areas following the declaration of emergency. We would like to join together and unite in the healing taking place, directing our focus where it is most needed. At this time we would like to ask for your support. There are a number of ways you can get involved. You can donate your time and resources; we are still looking for some facilitators for youth and adult workshops. There will be a variety of workshops offered, which will include: guitar & vocal lessons, jujitsu, hip hop, mural painting and more. we are currently looking into a number of options, however, at this time we are also in need of transportation for volunteers and equipment to and from Cross Lake. We have planned to have meals with the community. Cross Lake community is going to provide us with breakfast, however, we have 3 lunches and 3 dinners we will need to provide for everyone involved, including a traditional feast followed by a ceremony. We have the help of the women in the community concerning cooking and meal prep but we are open to the idea of including a chef or 2 with us when we go up. Everyone involved will be donating his or her time and efforts. If you are unable to attend but would like to support the efforts we are accepting cash donations. All monies raised will go directly to supplies/food/transportation and lodging. Any monies left will be given directly to the community for future art programming for youth. Graffiti Art Gallery will be donating some of the art supplies, equipment and fuel costs. the group hopes to raise enough money to either fly into the community, rent a few large vans or a bus shuttle. Local artists that have already committed to this project are: Charlie Fettah, Ali Fontaine, Leonard Sumner, Desiree Dorion, Keisha Booker, Boogey, Jade Turner, Nereo II, and various other artists and front line community workers. Renee Courchene is the contact person and she can be reached by calling 204-291-4382 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Timelines are really short so we ask you to get back to us by Monday March 21. If you have nay questions please reach out. We need to raise enough money to make sure this support can get to the community. the goal is to bring positive energy into the community and let the people of Cross Lake know they have been heard and the community of Manitoba and Canada is supporting in every way we can. If you can help in any way, plese contact Renee. Thank you in advance for your support.