We're deeply saddened to hear of Kelly Fraser's passing. Kelly has been a bright light, an inspiration to so many, a strong advocate, and fierce voice among the Inuit community and Indigenous community overall. Her messages of hope through music and her constant stride toward success was an inspiration to so many. She earned an Indspire Award, a JUNO nomination for her work, and garnered much attention for her translation of pop songs into Inuktitut. She also helped to organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project that gives Nunavummiut youth opportunities to learn songwriting and music production. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family, community, and friends.
There will be a celebration of Kelly's life at the West End Cultural on Friday, January 10, 6-8PM. All are welcome. No press, no interviews, no cameras.
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Where to get help
If you're or someone you know needs support and help, here are some ways to reach out:
Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line 1-800-265-3333.
Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7) 1-877-435-7170
Klinic Crisis Line (24/7) 204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019
Hope for Wellness Helpline On request, phone counselling is also available in: Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or chat online.
Embrace Life Council.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or live chat counselling online.
Crisis Stabilization Unit (Winnipeg) 204-482-5361
Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310.
Canada Suicide Prevention Service 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645 or chat at crisisservicescanada.ca.
In French: Association québécoise de prévention du suicide 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553).
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.
Indian Residential School Resolution health support program, northern region 1-800-464-8106.
We also have a section of links for health, wellness, and support at www.manitobamusic.com/links#category-107
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