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Two men walking across Saskatchewan to raise awareness of Indigenous suicide – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 6, 202031 Views

One man says he will start a hunger strike once he gets to Regina in solidarity with Indigenous youth

Jul 06, 2020

Two Buffalo Narrows men are walking across Saskatchewan in response to the government’s denial of a suicide prevention bill.

Tristen Durocher and Chris Merasty left Air Ronge on Thursday, and they plan to walk 635 kilometres to the Saskatchewan legislature building in Regina. Durocher said he hopes the journey will take 20 days.

“We’ve had Elders joining us from La Ronge for portions of the walk,” Durocher, 24, said. “We’re listening to our bodies, we’re going at the paces of those who come to show their support.”

Durocher said on Saturday they were 21 kilometres north of Weyakwin, which is 145 kilometers north of Prince Albert.

Durocher said a unanimous decision in Saskatchewan legislature to defeat a suicide prevention bill sparked his motivation to begin the walk.

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