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Klawock Sees Successful Canoe Paddle Workshop

Prince of Wales, May 05, 2014 – Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) in partnership with the One People Canoe Society hosted a Canoe Paddle Workshop in Klawock April 28-30 in preparation for the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey.

SEARHC Behavioral Health Prevention "1is2many" Program and One People Canoe Society joined together for the three-day Canoe Paddle Workshop taught by One People Canoe Society carvers, Doug Chilton and Jim Zeller. Twenty-four red cedar boards for adult paddles and twenty-four yellow cedar boards for youth paddles were donated by Bill Bennett with the Haa Anni' Program for the workshop.

The primary focus of the workshop was on making paddles for the Klawock Canoe to use during the 2014 Paddle to Celebration Canoe Journey. A goal of 15 paddles was set initially, but the group was able to make twenty-three paddles in just 3 days making the event a huge success. The extra paddles allowed for a set to be donated to the Klawock Tribe.

Each day of the workshops also included a thirty minute youth suicide prevention training given by SEARHC Patient Advocate, Cindy Reeves. The Alaska Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention and Intervention training which features the QPR (Question Persuade Refer) approach, teaches participants the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors and then provides information on how to reduce the risk of suicide by use of questioning, persuading and referring. Five participants received an Alaska Gatekeeper QPR certificate: Jim and Jeannie McFarland, Ken Yates, Timothy Booth and Everett Athorp.

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