Forum on addictions supports healthy Aboriginal families and youth

Forum on addictions supports healthy Aboriginal families and youth Youth and families in Edmonton are invited to participate in an Aboriginal Forum on Addictions, March 16 at St. Alphonsus School. The forum will feature a day of family events that provide a space for engaging conversations between families and youth around drugs, alcohol and tobacco addictions and issues. Conversations, for example, will be facilitated to look at understanding Traditional tobacco uses and how to find balance with this sacred medicine. This event will offer access to Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Nicotine Anonymous meetings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by a free lunch and the forum from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. offering facilitated activities which promise to be entertaining, inspiring and culturally focused. The afternoon will feature young community leaders, the likes of James Jones, of Canadian Idol fame, and Jamie Courtorielle, founder of Riding 4 Mentors, hosting and presenting at the forum. Discussions and sharing will be integrated into cultural teaching activities led by community Elders, focused on the medicine wheel and drum making. Throughout the day, there will also be a variety of prizes available to be won. This afternoon of open discussion and activity will be followed by a Tea Dance and Feast, hosted by Ken Saddleback, from 6 to 9 p.m. "This will be a fun and interactive day, aimed at encouraging active and engaged conversation with youth and families around how to curb and prevent alcohol, drug and tobacco related addiction," said Crystal Beaverbones, Program Manager for the Creating Hope Society. The event is free to the public, but RSVPs are required to ensure enough food is available for all who attend. This forum is presented by REACH Edmonton, the Creating Hope Society of Alberta, Alberta Health Services and the Nechi Institute. To RSVP for this event, email All media inquiries please contact Crystal Beaverbones at (780) 498-3759.