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Demanding opioid action

The Okanagan Nation Alliance will be walking the valley this week to promote action against the opioid crisis. 

On Aug. 27 the "Purple Ribbon Caravan" will set out from Osoyoos, making stops in six Syilx Okanagan member communities while it travels to its final destination in Merritt on Aug. 28. 

"The caravan will traverse the territory to raise awareness and educate people about addictions, in hopes to save lives through resource sharing and open conversation," reads an information release from the ONA. 

The event is ahead of International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31. One of the stops the caravan will make is a memorial for a Penticton Indian Band youth who died of an overdose in 2018. 

The group will gather in Gyro Park in Penticton on Aug. 27 at 2 p.m., and all are welcome and encouraged to wear purple in honour of the movement. The group will also gather at the Shelter Bay Marina at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 28 to organize an awareness walk across the Bennett Bridge to City Park. 

"We will have overdose and addictions resources available. Please bring any purple ribbon signs that you wish to promote while walking over the bridge," reads an information release. 



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