'Here to model the way': Little Salmon Carmacks FN seeks Indigenous-led solutions to substance use

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Nicole Tom believes it’s a good sign that the river breakup in Carmacks, Yukon, coincides with their health and wellness week. 

“This is my New Year’s,” she stand, standing along the banks of the Yukon River. 

“Everything that happened in the last year.… It’s an opportunity for everybody to let it go, or try to, at least.” 

It’s been a tough year for the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation. Tom led the community as chief through part of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Yukon’s ongoing substance use crisis.

Substance use has claimed the lives of at least nine people since the beginning of the year. 

That’s why Tom says it’s her duty

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