Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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November 27, 2018



THUNDER BAY, ON (November 27, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler has issued the following statement in recognition of National Addictions Awareness Week, held November 26 to December 2, 2018:


“Many NAN First Nations are reporting increased incidences of both street and prescription drug and solvent abuse. Addiction contributes to many problems within our communities such as family violence, social unrest and suicide, which undermines the health of our people. Many of our communities are taking proactive measures to address all forms of addiction, and we will continue to support their efforts.  We are working with the federal and provincial governments to develop treatment opportunities closer to home and will continue to advocate for the expansion of services, including traditional forms of healing, for those who are overcoming their addictions.”   


National Addictions Awareness Week was launched by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) part of its mandate to address issues of substance use by providing national leadership and harnessing the power of evidence to generate coordinated action.


The CCSA was created by Parliament to provide national leadership to address substance use. It provides national guidance to decision-makers by harnessing the power of research, curating knowledge and bringing together diverse perspectives.


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For more information please contact:  Tamara Piche, Communications Officer – (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email


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