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Napi’s Gift helping to bring awareness to the vulnerable

By Lethbridge Herald on December 1, 2021.

Herald photo by Alejandra Pulido-Guzman Members of the Sage Clan, Crazy Indian Brotherhood and the We Will Recover agency raise a teepee to mark the start of their Napi’s gift event Wednesday at Park Place mall.

Alejandra Pulido-Guzman – Lethbridge Herald

To mark the beginning of an 18 day event called Napi’s Gift hosted by We Will Recover, a teepee was raised at Park Place mall on Wednesday. 

We Will Recover is a newly established not-for-profit addiction support services agency that focuses on helping individuals, families and communities recover from the impacts and harm of substance abuse. 

In cooperation with the Sage Clan Patrol and members of the Crazy Indian Brotherhood the teepee was raised as a symbol of community engagement through different organizations working together to achieve a common goal. 

“It takes a spark to make a fire, and this is our way of bringing people together in a collective effort to raise awareness, education, support and help,” said Lori Vrebosch, founding director of We Will Recover

Napi’s Gift is about bringing education, awareness and support to help vulnerable people in the community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. 

“That’s why we stand together today, asking and inviting people to come out and participate, bring the best of what you got. The compassion, the love, the time to bring healing, hope and recovery,” said Vrebosch. 

Sage Clan patrol founding member Mark Brave Rock believes that Lethbridge is at a critical time in really understanding the seriousness of the addictions crisis and where it will lead to if immediate action is not taken. 

“Sage Clan, it’s been very well supported by the community and there are great people here in Lethbridge who are concerned. I hate to say it, but we need to step up a little more even for reconciliation,” said Brave Rock. 

He said Lethbridge is his home and it is important for everyone to come together and work for the betterment of the city and its community. 

Members of the Lethbridge community that stop by Park Place can expect to see educational displays, a meet and greet, toys for tots and a celebrated Indigenous author that will be reading to children among other activities. 

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