Justice's Overdose Awareness Walk calls for local support

Justice Kent (photo courtesy of Mercedes Mwemera)

The Northreach Society and the Dawson Creek Community Opioid Team have both agreed to attend and participate in the walk.

A Horse Lake First Nation woman is organizing an awareness walk in honour of her late sister, and to call for more action by local leaders to fight illicit drugs in the community.

Mercedes Mwemera is organizing Justice’s Overdose Awareness Walk, named after her sister Justice Kent, who died from an overdose. She says this is an effort to draw attention to the illicit drug overdoses in her community and the surrounding area, and the impact it has on people.

Mwemera says she first wanted to do the walk to push for more law enforcement to stop dealers in the community, but after speaking with community members she decided to focus on an overall awareness and a broader call to action.

She adds that many First Nations people are still feeling the traumatic effects of being pulled away from their families and put into Residential Schools.

Mwemera says she believes local leaders should step up, and take action to help put a stop to illicit drugs flowing through the community and killing people.

Justice’s Overdose Awareness Walk goes on Thursday, September 3 at the Multiplex Arena, starting at 4:30

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