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SUBJECT: Public lecture to examine the struggle to end an addiction crisis in aboriginal communities
DATE: Jan. 12, 2006

Experts consider addictions to be an enormous challenge in aboriginal communities. On Friday, Memorial University’s Women’s Studies program will offer a public lecture by journalist and author Marie Wadden, examining how some remarkable women are working to address the greatest threat to the future of their Newfoundland communities.

In a lecture titled More than Urgent: Aboriginal Women on the Front Line of an Addiction Crisis, part of the ongoing Women’s Studies Speakers Series, Ms. Wadden will take her audience into communities where rampant addiction problems are having a devastating impact, and introduce six women whose work is making a difference. She will also offer insight into how public support can aid their work.

“The suffering created by addiction to drugs and alcohol, and now gambling, is severe in aboriginal communities,” says Ms. Wadden, who received a fellowship from the Toronto Star to explore whether Canada's public policies on addiction in aboriginal communities are working.

“These are the same kinds of addiction issues that we face in all our communities, but because of where they live and the limited resources they have, these communities face challenges that are much greater.”

Ms. Wadden will speak from 4-5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, in room SN-4087 of the Science Building on Memorial’s St. John’scampus. There is no admission charge and parking is available in area 15, east of the Music Building.

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