Bemichigamaag Community Walk Against Drugs

Audrianna GoodwinAudrianna Goodwin, student, wrote about her experience at the Bemichigamaag Community Walk Against Drugs, Saturday April 2, 2016.

“Saturday at the walk against drugs, I took from it hope, hope that the drugs and the addictions that come with these drugs will one day be non – existent. One speaker said two things that really stuck out to me

1. He feels that it’s the woman who have the answers to our problems.

2. That the negative stigma around “snitching” is our own form of oppression.

Next Nicole spoke and said some really good things but when she mentioned that she had invited the chief of police of Bemidji, and the Sheriff of Beltrami county to come walk with us, but they never showed.I understand that they have lives of their own, but that in itself shines light that things they say to the media don’t necessarily reflect their own personal agendas.

Before we started walking an elderly man said a prayer and the one thing I took from it is he said each and every one of us is walking for a hundred people that can’t be here, that meant alot to me. Drugs affect all of us in one way or another.

It’s not going to be the cops, or the government officials solving our problems, it’s up to us. We really have to start thinking outside the box when we talk about these issues, the programs that we have in place currently aren’t being successful. I ask myself how can we put our minds together so our children, and our children’s, children don’t have to see the same turmoils we are today. Drugs/alcohol are tearing our communities apart, and it hurts me to see so many of my people suffering.

I know that it’s not only the drug dealers fueling this problem, but for those of you that choose to live that lifestyle. I ask you to open your eyes and see the destruction it has on our communities. And for those of you struggling day to day battling drug/alcohol addictions think of how much better your life would be if, how all of our lives would be,if this epidemic wasn’t upon our people. Our bodies and our minds were never meant to have these things put in our bodies. So with that I pray today, and I will continue to pray for guidance that one day we will have the solutions and be the strong resilient people that we were meant to be.

Mi’iw Miigwech bizindawiyag”