Growing up in Bunibonibee (Oxford House) was such a blessing and I had (have) a great family who gave me and my siblings a wonderful childhood. (See my nerdy pic attached, I think I was 12!)
But even with that, I did feel the call of suicide a few times.
One time was after being bullied while another time there really was no explanation for it, I just remember an evil presence that scared me and encouraged me to end my life.
I'm glad I never went past cutting my arm because I found life is worth living and that each life is a gift.
I realize the challenges you young people face today are different now but I have to tell you that we need you to stay with us to live the gift of life you have. Your life is a gift for all of us.
You have talents and abilities that are only assigned to you. There is hope past the grief and some of the greatest victories come from or after the lowest moments of our lives.
Please don't give on life. We love you. I love you. Encourage your friends, encourage yourself and relatives to live.
As leaders, parents and families we do care and are trying to find ways to show you we that we do. We don't always get it right but I can tell you, you are the future and we know that. We try to do things that will benefit your future and we will keep trying. We all have challenges in doing that but together we can overcome them.
But you have to keep trying too.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made. Please choose life.
MKO Grand Chief
Sheila North Wilson