Education Committee: Good News Stories
Setting an Example
Alcohol & Drug Addictions amongst our youth
Greetings from Indian Brook Mi’kmaq First Nation! I want to bring to the readership’s attention an important issue that affects all of our communities – Alcohol & Drug Addictions amongst our youth – and the dedication that a group from our area has shown in undertaking steps to address the matter. I am also requesting support from Indian Country across Canada for two of our Mi’kmaq community members, Wade Sack and Jacob Googoo. These two young dedicated men are biking across Canada in support of Alcohol and Drug Awareness.
Wade and Jacob have joined The Ride 4 Recovery Campaign in their endeavours to help raise Drug and Alcohol awareness in schools, drug treatment centers and communities across Canada. The group is also raising funds to help re-open the doors of Recovery House - a treatment centre has helped save many lives since 1971. Wade and Jacob would like to help keep the Recovery House doors open so it can continue help youth overcome their struggles with alcohol and drug addictions.
The boys and the group are going to need financial and moral support to help them achieve their goal. When I spoke to Wade’s mother, Ida Sack, she was concerned with the boys having enough funds to accommodate them on their trip as well as help raise money for Recovery house at the same time. She commented, “They are going to need replacement equipment for their bikes like tires, chains, articles of clothing like sneakers and socks, necessities etc. It’s something nobody really thinks of….but they are necessary. Also needed are items like grocery, accommodations etc. It’s going to be a long trip.”
The boys/group left Glace Bay on April 30/07 and hope to complete their trip in Vancouver on June 18, 2007. A web page is being developed of the trip and will be available soon. If you want to send words of encouragement, please contact Ida @ firstname.lastname@example.org, Wade @ email@example.com. The coordinator of the Ride 4 Recover is Doug McBain. He can be contacted at (902) 382-2200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cell phone number the group is using on the trip is (902) 754-2007.
If anyone out there can help them please contact Ida Sack @ (902) 758-2579, email: email@example.com.
Thanks, Vera Marr
Indian Brook, NS
Three-dimensional facial reconstruction
Athena Paul is working with Membertou on a three dimensional facial reconstruction through ultrasound measurements. Currently there is no Aboriginal data to reconstruct facial skeletal remains. Membertou has embarked on a journey to create a database of facial measurements of Mi'kmaq in Membertou. This data would also aid in the age progression of missing children or for identification.
Dr. Tanya Peckmann (St. Mary's University - Forensic Specialist) and Sgt. Michel Fournier (RCMP forensic unit) will be travelling to Louisiana to retrieve the ultrasound machine and will be trained on how to use the technology. They will train Athena to do the ultrasound measurements on 19 points of the face and will take only a few minutes.
Membertou is collaborating with Louisiana's FACES project www.lsu.edu/facesla