A sacred fire in Whitehorse on Wednesday was about more than giving people the opportunity to grieve — it was also about finding solutions to the Yukon’s ongoing opioid crisis.
The 12-hour ceremony on the shore of Long Lake was the first of three that are planned there.
Doronn Fox, who has led many sacred fires in Yukon over the past years, has noticed people are asking for more fires to address the territory’s substance-use emergency. But the one he led this week was different, he said.
This time, he asked people from the community to share ideas for how to deal with the increasing number of opioid deaths.
“Anything that’s happened
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