HBMI to host teen dating violence workshop

HOULTON, Maine — February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and to mark this event, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians will host a Teen Dating Violence workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. at the Maliseet gymnasium.

The event, which is aimed at tribal youths between the ages of 11-18, will also feature a youth drum making session where participants will have the opportunity to make their own hand drum.

“In an effort to spread awareness and promote respect for themselves, their bodies and individuality, youth, between the ages of 11 and 18, are encouraged to come make their own hand drum,” said Jessica Huff, Maliseet Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault supervisor. “In our community, we are taught to respect the drum so we hope they are able to make the connection between valuing themselves and their very own drum.”

This event is sponsored by Gedakina, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works within Native American/First Nations people from rural, urban and reservation communities across the Northeastern region of the United States and into the Atlantic provinces and southern Quebec. Their programs are multifaceted and speak to a wide range of topics.

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