Segments in this Video

Growing Up Around Alcoholism (03:25)


Lindsay describes her childhood in an indigenous community struggling with substance abuse and violence. She recalls witnessing drunken fights in her home as a young child.

Escapism Through Drugs (03:19)

As a teen, Lindsay coped with her childhood trauma and racism through drugs and alcohol. She grew dependent on alcohol and needed to have it available at all times.

Leaving Behind Alcohol (03:07)

At a house party one night, Lindsay drank herself unconscious, waking up in the hospital. Her sister threatened to give up on her if she did not turn her life around. Lindsay vowed never to touch drugs or alcohol again and realized she had been self-medicating with alcohol.

Cycles of Violence (01:54)

After battling alcoholism all his life, Lindsay's father went to the First Nation elders for guidance. He involved their family in ceremonies and cultural history. Lindsay came to understand the causes of instability in indigenous families by learning her history.

Healing Through Performance (02:07)

In her early 20s, Lindsay became interested in hip-hop and making music. She used her music as a means to reflect on her struggles and the challenges her people face.

What Are Your Thoughts on Lindsay's Story? (02:11)

Teens reflect on Lindsay's story and share their own opinions on substance abuse and indigenous issues. They consider the benefits of creativity and self-expression for recovery.

Recovering From Instability (03:02)

Dr. Y. Khosroshahi explains the cycle of hurtful escapism. He offers alternatives to drugs and alcohol to cope with hardship. Hobbies, friends, and support can fulfill all of the needs that drugs do, but more positively.

Credits: First Nations Issues: Lindsay’s Story (01:19)

Credits: First Nations Issues: Lindsay’s Story

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Addiction in First Nations: Lindsay's Story

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Lindsay (Eekwol) grew up in the First Nations community. She experienced an unforgiving world of drugs, alcohol and violence, within her family. As a child, she lived in fear while her parents and their friends had endless parties that often broke out in fights. As she grew up in this environment, she soon developed into an abuser of drugs and alcohol herself. Falling victim to blackouts and on one occasion she almost died one night lying unconscious on the highway. This seminal moment caused her devoted sister to give up on her - unless she changed her ways. For the first time in her life, she listened, and the path of being clean and sober led to becoming a successful solo female aboriginal hip hop artist.

Length: 22 minutes

Item#: BVL145222

Copyright date: ©2017

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