Week of May 16 on Native America Calling

Monday, May 16, 2016 – Keeping our kids safe
Protecting children is a top priority for most families. As communities mourn the recent abduction and murder of young Navajo girl, we’ll take a moment to discuss how we can protect our children from harm. What should parents, grandparents and family members share with children about staying safe? What conversations should we be having with our kids about interacting with strangers or even people within our own circles?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 – Confronting LGBTQ2 discrimination
Fear is a common reaction to something we don’t understand–especially when it’s something as intimate as sexuality. Some people have strong reactions when crossing paths with LGBTQ2 people. At times those reactions can lead to harsh words and even violence. We acknowledge the International Day Against Homophobia by exploring what discrimination against members of the Native American LGBTQ2 community looks like. How does this type of discrimination hurt the citizens of our Nations? Is there a way for all of us to exist together peacefully?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – The secondhand smoke problem
Do you ever notice the smell of cigarette smoke on your clothes when you come home from a night at the casino? Smoking rates have steadily declined since the 1960s. But there are still a lot of places where you inhale smoke from someone else’s cigarette. Exposure to secondhand smoke was responsible for more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths over a four year period according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What can be done to reduce the risks of secondhand smoke exposure? Is the vapor from e-cigarettes less dangerous?

Thursday, May 19, 2016 – When one suicide leads to many
If one person commits suicide, it’s devastating for a family and a group of friends. When suicides come in clusters, it requires a larger community response. The Attawapiskat First Nation of Canada recently declared a state of emergency after 101 people attempted to kill themselves since September. Can a single suicide put others at risk? What can community members and social workers do to prevent groups of suicides?

Friday, May 20, 2016 – Gone Fishing
Fishing is about the water, the quality time with your buddies and the thrill of the sport. It’s also about getting into the mind of a rout and finding out what he’s willing to bite. It taps into our hunting instincts and using trickery and skill. Sometimes it’s to catch food, other times it’s just for fun. We’re celebrating one of our favorite pastimes. Tell us about your biggest catch.

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