I did time in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta for trafficking cocaine and other related offences. I knew if I didn’t change my life that I’d be in jail when my parents died. I couldn’t stand the idea of standing over their graves shackled and handcuffed. That thought seemed to wake me up or motivate me or something. I just knew I had to get some help.

After a 28 day treatment program in Fort McMurray I met Safe Harbour Elder Lynn Jonasson and that connection was the best thing that could have ever happened. It came just at the right time. I was so ready to hear what my Elder was teaching.

I started to learn everything I could about my Cree culture. I participated in all the gifts of ceremony. I helped at every event. Soon I found a job at Olymel and I stayed in Safe Harbour’s Supported Recovery Housing.

It’s been over 10 years. I am very grateful for all the support and care I’ve received along the way. I’ve saved enough money to have my own housing and I’ve reconnected to the community in a way I never knew was possible.

It’s possible for you too.

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  1. Robin
    Robin says:

    Buddy’s story brought tears to my eyes. So many of our young people don’t live long enough to get the help of services like Safe Harbour!!Bless you Buddy for where you’ve come and the tough road to get there and bless you Safe Harbour for all the souls for whom you make a difference!


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