Thunder Bay can listen to the young voices of La Loche

 Photo of one young person with his arm around another young person.

This photo was taken by one of the participants in Caitlin Wood’s research project, to depict friendship in response to the question What makes you strong?

March 23, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON

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 life was Adam Wood, a graduate of Lakehead University who had recently left Thunder Bay to start teaching career in the community. 

In a statement, the Wood family said:

“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 co-presenter.

This presentation will take place in the School of Nursing, room SN 1015, from 7 to 9:30 pm on Wednesday, March 28. Following the presentation, the floor will be open for a discussion on how to best listen and respond to the voices of Indigenous youth.

This evening is made possible by generous contributions from the Outdoor Recreation Students’ Society, Lakehead University’s Senate Research Council, the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Grassroots Church, Lakehead University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Aboriginal Initiatives, and Roots to Harvest. 

For further information contact: Julie Rosenthal, Assistant Professor, School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism, Lakehead University 807 620-8767 or


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