Suicide in our community has hit a crisis point–especially with one demographic in particular. In recent weeks, several Cowichan Tribes youth have made public attempts to end their life.

Sarah-Ann Rice-Louis, and her sister Angelina have taken it upon themselves to shed light on this very dark subject, and to help those who feel they are helpless.

The girls, along with their mother, have been able to create a three-day Youth Empowerment Conference set for the Island Savings Centre May 23-24-25.

The conference will feature key-note speaker and First Nations inspirational leader Earl Lambert.

Each day 50 people will be invited to take part in emotional discussions, intellectual reflections and spiritual acknowledgement with Lambert. Day-one is for school district youth; day-two is for the community, and day three is for youth workers and councilors.

Sarah-Ann and Angelina are using this Youth Empowerment Conference as a spring board to create more conversations and hopefully change.

A Facebook page has been set up for those interested in signing up.  It can be found by searching “Youth empowerment conference May 23,24,25 2014″ on Facebook