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Addiction can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities. From health to financial ruin, addiction has created devastating consequences for all those touched by this disease. Have you ever thought about how addiction affects our cultural and traditional practices in Native communities? Some local leaders are now using traditional practices and culture to help addicts recover and heal. Have you or a loved one turned to tradition to overcome addition? If addiction has had a negative impact on cultural practices in your community, what do you think it would take to make those traditions strong again?
Tasha Spillett (Swampy Cree) – university educator at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg
Elima Bird (Spokane) – chemical dependency professional trainee for the Spokane Tribe of Indians behavioral health department
Dan Nanamkin (Coville/Nez Perce/Okanogan) – director of the Nespelem Community Center
Break Music: Muskwa Dance (feat. Quinton Tootoosis & Dawn Desmarais) (song) Dallas Arcand (artist) Modern Day Warrior (album)