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Memorial photoshoot brought Indigenous and non-Indigenous families together for a common cause

Jul 13, 2020

About two dozen figures stood silhouetted on Piikani Nation land on Sunday, two metres apart, holding white crosses for a memorial photoshoot with the Rocky Mountains in the background.

Some were First Nation members, while others came from nearby southern Alberta communities.

They all share one thing in common — they’ve lost loved ones to overdoses.

Lori Vrebosch held a cross, a braid of sweetgrass and a photo of her son, Mitchell.

He was 24-years-old on Oct. 2, 2018, when he accidentally overdosed on a mix of carfentanyl, fentanyl, meth and cocaine.

The photoshoot was the seventh of its kind organized by advocacy group Moms Stop the Harm, but the first on a First Nation, a partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous families.

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