The Portage Friendship Centre's Insight Mentor Program and partnering agencies teamed up to put on the annual Grandmother's Medicine Walk in Portage la Prairie on September 21st.

Insight Mentor Chantel Lavallee says it's the 12th year of their walk, but her first year being a part of it.

"We were raising awareness for sexually exploited children and youth," says Lavallee. "We had a presentation on Tracia's Trust. Our participants were PCI students, Eagles Fire Youth Centre, Portage Friendship Centre, and our women's drum group out of the Portage Friendship Centre, Darrell Taylor gave our opening prayer, and there were other community members."

Lavallee says, along with fellow Insight Mentor Chris Everett and Parent Child Coordinator Daphne Spence, the team was happy with the effort and participation from the community. Lavallee talks about the number of people who showed up, but notes, they are looking to build it up in future years.

.Chris Everett and Chantel Lavallee

"30 or 40, maybe. It felt good to be a part of it, especially to be leading it," says Lavallee. "We started (the walk) at Eagles Fire, and we walked to City Hall, and back to Eagles Fire. We're hopeful to have more people involved next year."


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