Edmonton, Alberta – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada and Native Counselling Services of Alberta have launched Honouring Our Spirit, a new victim services program that helps First Nations and Métis individuals and communities reach out for support after losing a loved one to impaired driving.

Honouring Our Spirit is a 23-minute original movie revealing the grief and healing process in various First Nations communities across Western Canada. The DVD is accompanied by guides and pamphlets to help with unresolved trauma and grief in the community.

“MADD Canada is very thankful for the guidance and support of the Native Counselling Services of Alberta, who ensured the significant aspects of the healing processes of Alberta’s First Nation and Métis peoples was captured within the program,” said Louise Knox, MADD Canada’s Western Office Chapter Services Manager. “Traffic-related fatalities represent the number-one cause of death from unintentional injuries in First Nations people. In 2001, motor vehicle fatality rates for Aboriginal people were three times higher than rates for the non-Aboriginal population.”

Funding for the program was provided by the Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security, Victim Services Branch. The film and accompanying materials can be viewed in full at MADD.ca.

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