Tunchai Redvers grew up in a Dene First Nations community of about 3,500 people in Hay River, Northwest Territories. Like many aboriginal youth in Canada, she experienced feelings of isolation and witnessed the effects of substance abuse. Recent headlines have brought national attention to the high rates of aboriginal youth suicide in Canada, with some victims as young as 10.
“There really is a crisis in Canada,” says Redvers. “We were just so overwhelmed and tired of hearing about these statistics, so we decided to do something about it.”