The hardest part of being from a Northern Indigenous community is all the deaths’ – CBC

Grieving becomes part of our culture as we face tragedies head on, again and again

Feb 10, 2019

After a recent death a colleague said to me, “I guess we’re reaching that age where our friends start to get sick and die off,” and at that moment I realized that while we may inhabit the same space, we come from different worlds.

Growing up in Labrador, my memories of losing people to boating accidents, car crashes, suicide, cancer, illness, and even murder stretch back as far as I can remember. At the age of 35 I can honestly say I do not know how many people I know who have drowned, died in a car crash, a house fire, snowmobile or boating accident, or killed themselves. I don’t like to keep track, I just know the answer is a lot — too many.

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