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iN PHOTOS: Dozens walk for sobriety in Kamloops

Roughly 45 people gathered at Riverside Park to walk for sobriety to honour National Addiction Awareness Week last night, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
November 29, 2018 - 3:15 PM

KAMLOOPS - Breaking down the stigma around substance addiction is still an important issue, says a Tk'emlups te Secwepemc wellness counsellor.

In partnership with several organizations, including Interior Health and the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, daily events have been held all week to show support for National Addiction Awareness Week which ends today, Nov. 29.

"We want to break down the stigma around addiction," wellness counsellor Dave Manuel says.

He explains by bringing people together through events, it has a positive impact on people who may be struggling with an addiction.

"It doesn't matter what race, colour or how much money you have in the bank; if you have an addiction it's going to impact you," Manuel says. "So what we are trying to do is share support and have people express themselves in a good way."

Roughly 45 people gathered at Riverside Park to light candles and walk through downtown Kamloops. The walk ended at the Kamloops United Church where a short drumming ceremony took place.

"We want to change the way we look at addictions because it could be our neighbour, a family member or a co-worker. There's a lot of people struggling with addictions behind closed doors."

Dozens of people walked together through downtown Kamloops with candles and signs to show their support for National Addiction Awareness Week.
Dozens of people walked together through downtown Kamloops with candles and signs to show their support for National Addiction Awareness Week.

Participants walking along the pathway at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
Participants walking along the pathway at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.

Antoine LaRue, second from right, gives the opening prayer before walkers began departing from the parking lot at Riverside Park.
Antoine LaRue, second from right, gives the opening prayer before walkers began departing from the parking lot at Riverside Park.

Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society addictions counsellor Dee Howse stands with Karen Jules holding candles before the walk for sobriety begins on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society addictions counsellor Dee Howse stands with Karen Jules holding candles before the walk for sobriety begins on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.

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