PAGC hosting gathering for families of missing and murdered Indigenous people

By Nigel Maxwell
January 26, 2019 - 11:50am

There are not enough supports in place to help the families of missing and murdered Indigenous people, according to one of the organizers of a special event happening next week at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre.

Anita Parenteau, a residential health support worker with Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC), told paNOW the purpose of the wellness and awareness event, is to let the families know they are not alone.

"They can come start to see us and get information, get referrals, get whatever it is that they need," she said.

The four-day event, which starts Monday, will include guest speakers, one-on-one sessions, and ceremonial healing practices. Parenteau said the new mandate for PAGC's resolution health support program is making sure the families who have lost a loved one feel like they have support.

"I know that they are probably dealing with their own stuff but there is not enough resources or awareness for those kinds of things and it's happening right in front of our eyes," she said, referring to the number of boys, girls, women, and men who have gone missing.

There are no registrations fees for the event next week, and everyone is invited to attend. Parenteau said after the event they would also like to start an eight-week support program for the families.

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