Turning Points: An Empowerment Connection Project for Indigenous People with Alcohol Dependence
Principal Investigator: Prof. Peter Klein, School of Journalism, UBC
Partners: Mr. W. Greenland, A New Day Men’s Healing Program; Tree of Peace Friendship Centre
Turning Points is a crowd-sourced digital portal for individuals coping with alcohol dependence. Through a mobile and desktop platform, people from Indigenous communities across the Canadian Arctic can connect, share their experiences, and tap into storytelling traditions that have been used to connect and heal people for centuries. Ultimately, Indigenous Peoples in remote communities across the Arctic, who have been disenfranchised and without adequate resources to address alcohol dependence, will now have voices and access to a shared community that they can turn to for support when facing challenges, for encouragement towards positive change, and for reassurance that they are not alone in their experiences. The project is led by UBC faculty Prof. Peter Klein and Dr. John Oliffe in collaboration with William Greenland, an Indigenous counsellor from the Gwich’in First Nation.
The Turning Points documentary series launched on November 14, 2020 as a segment on PBS Newshour. https://globalreportingcentre.org/features/turning-points/