Thunder Bay has a chance to hear
from the young people of La Loche Saskatchewan, a community that was
changed forever by a tragic shooting in 2016. One of the four people who
lost their lives was Adam Wood, a graduate of Lakehead University who
had recently left Thunder Bay to start his teaching career in the
In a statement to the media, the Wood family emphasized:
"Rather than looking for someone to blame, or
coming up with outsider opinions of reasons why this occurred, we must stop and
listen to the voices of La Loche. The leaders and members of the community know
what types of support and changes are needed. Our responsibility as a nation is
to listen and respond to create lasting systemic change."
On Wednesday, March 28, Adam's sister, Caitlin Wood, will present her
Master's research dedicated to giving the youth of La Loche a chance to
be heard. Her project demonstrates how research can be both deeply
meaningful and a means to individual and community healing.
Caitlin provided young people in
the community with cameras to take photographs that reflect the positive
influences in their lives, what changes they want to see, and what they
feel childhood should look like.
Consistent with the spirit and
methodology of her project, Caitlin has brought along Jazz Moise, a
participant in the research and a student from La Loche, as a
This event will take place at Lakehead University in the School of
Nursing Building, room SN 1015, from 7 to 9:30pm. Following the
presentation, the floor will be opened to a panel discussion on how we
can best listen and respond to the voices of Indigenous youth.
This event is made possible by generous contributions from the Outdoor
Recreation Students' Society, Lakehead University's Senate Research
Council, Grassroots Church, Lakehead University's Faculty of Social
Sciences and Humanities, Aboriginal Initiatives, Roots to Harvest, and
Thunder Bay Fireplaces.
For further information contact: Julie Rosenthal, Assistant Professor,
School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Lakehead University
807 620-8767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.