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NHL alum’s message in PG calls for end to suicide cycle within Indigenous communities – My Prince George Now

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202333 Views

Mar. 23rd, 2023

Former NHL player Jordin Tootoo gave an uplifting speech to cap off the three-day Northern Addictions Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Forum at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre.

Tootoo, who is from the Rankin Inlet in Nunavut and the only player of Inuit descent to play in the NHL, stressed that it is time to end the cycle of suicide within northern and remote Indigenous communities.

Over the course of 13 NHL seasons, the 40-year-old suited up in 723 games for four different teams, the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, and New Jersey Devils.

However, his story is a familiar one that is told within Indigenous communities often surrounded by triumph and tragedy.

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