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Propelled by a crisis, this man biked across Canada for Indigenous youth – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 202129 Views

Rylee Nepinak biked from Vancouver to Halifax to raise awareness about Indigenous youth suicide prevention

Sep 21, 2021

Rylee Nepinak had no experience as a cyclist when he decided to bike from Vancouver to Halifax, but he knew he had to do something to raise money and awareness about Indigenous youth suicide.

He was prompted to take on the cross-country trek by the crisis in Tataskewayak Cree Nation in Manitoba, which this summer declared a state of emergency after losing 13 community members to suicide this year, including 11 youth. Four of the deaths have been within the last two months.

“I wanted to act fast because of the pace of suicides that were occurring,” Nepinak said. “I just wanted to do this right to dedicate to them and show them that we care about them. They’re important.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/rylee-nepinak-bike-vancouver-halifax-suicide-indigenous-youth-1.6183767

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