SIX NATIONS — On Friday, September 20 an evening with Jordin Tootoo will be at the Gathering Place by the Grand, for a special presentation of “Aiming For Wellness Together: Mental Health & Resilient Communities”.
Tootoo will be the Keynote Speaker and will be speaking on mental health and First Nations communities, followed by a question and answer session.
The first Inuk to play in the National Hockey League retired last year saying he wanted to work with communities on mental health awareness and to support suicide prevention initiatives.
He made the made the announcement of his retirement from the NHL in Brandon, Man., last year where he began his hockey career playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League in 1999. After the Wheat Kings, he went on play in the NHL’s Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and, most recently, played right-wing for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2016-17 season. He also played for the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Milwaukee Admirals.
Guests to the evening will also have a chance to meet and greet with Tootoo following the formal presentation. This event is free, and open to the public. However, pre-registration is required due to limited seating capacity.
This event is presented by the Six Nations Health Services Mental Health & Addictions team, in partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River Ontario Works. Refreshments will be provided.