Music With A Message
Tom Jackson on Tour to Empower Youth
Calgary, AB - September 10, 2003 - The seventh annual Dreamcatcher
Tour begins September 22, 2003 and will visit 8 communities across
western Canada - Keeseekoose, Fishing Lake, Samson Cree, Atikameg,
Comox, Boston Bar, Lillooet, and Redstone First Nations. Under the
leadership of Tom Jackson, the Dreamcatcher Tour delivers a message
of empowerment for youth as well as community awareness and mobilization
to eliminate youth suicide. Communities were selected based on letters
written to Jackson over the past year.
The tour offers interactive workshops that promote positive messages
about stress, mental health, suicide prevention and coping. Reinforcing
these messages is a keynote address and concert featuring Jackson
whom Time Magazine recognized as one of Canada's top activists.
Revenue from concert admission supports local programs and charities
David Masecar, the tour's workshop facilitator and President of
the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention / L'association
canadienne pour la prévention du suicide) CASP/ACPS comments,
"This tour ensures that our youth receive accurate information
regarding mental health, suicide and a strong message of hope. The
Dreamcatcher Tour, in addition to many other initiatives across
Canada will hopefully lead one day to the development of a national
mental health and suicide prevention strategy."
Corporate sponsors RBC Financial Group, Petro-Canada, Syncrude
Canada, Samson Oil and Gas, SIGA and Clarity generously underwrite
Dreamcatcher Tour 2003. Partners in the tour include Unesco, CASP,
Kids Help Phone and Parent Help Line.
Over its six-year history, the Dreamcatcher Tour has stopped at
100 locations, distributed 3,000 self-help videos and was the subject
of a television documentary in 2001. Jackson developed the tour
in response to the 1996 suicide of Mervin Good Eagle, a 19-year-old
actor from "North of 60". Each year approximately 4,000
Canadians die by suicide and the most recent statistics available
report that suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth
ages 15 to 24 years of age.
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