RCMP Youth Summit

Hillary Johnson

A representative from Kitimat RCMP Detachment gave a presentation to the Kitimat Council last night on the monthly police report, as well as providing an update on a youth summit they are arranging for local youth ages 15 to 18 this year. Corporal Wahnese Antonioni discussed what is included in this program and the planned topics of discussion.

“Safety 101; basically your own self safety, keeping yourself safe, keeping yourself relaxed and just  learning about basically how to live your life day to day without fear, without anxiety. There’s a breakout sessions where they can choose from multiple different areas of, you know, your brain on gadgets, substance use, nurturing your mind, racism, self-care, social media and sexting, general sexuality, mental health and wellness.”

The Corporal mentioned that there will be presentations, at the event, that covers drug use.

“An RCMP Officer, Constable Chaplin, will be coming in and speaking about the policing and enforcement aspects of it. Also, the effects of the drugs that we see as, what we call a drug recognition expert, when their driving, what they can do to you while you’re driving; how it can impair you’re driving.”

Councillor Terry Marleau expressed his belief in the importance of positive RCMP interaction with kids.

“So that’s great; hopefully, we can keep that going; even more that would be fantastic; and it sets a really good connection with kids and the community for sure. Thank you.”

Corporal Antonioni will also be working on a one day anti-bulling seminar involving former NHL player, Theo Fleury. Both Kitimat and Terrace youth can attend this event being planned for some time next year.

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