Lower Kootenay Band members and others spent Friday night in Millennium Park. (From left) Marty Szekely

Lower Kootenay Band members raise homelessness awareness by spending night in Creston park

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  • Nov. 26, 2013 10:00 a.m.

As part of the National Addictions Awareness Week, six members of the Lower Kootenay Band spent the night in Millennium Park on Friday, with the temperature dropping to -12 C.

“In some areas of the country, that’s a warm night,” said Chief Jason Louie.

Army cadets loaned Arctic sleeping bags to the event, which raised awareness of homelessness, which may be a result of addictions.

“A lot of the individuals had lives where they had a home, vehicles and a stable job,” said Louie. “We wanted to empathize with them, and experience what they experience on a daily and nightly basis.”

For at least one member of the group, the exercise had its desired effect.

“As someone who hasn’t experienced sleeping in the cold, or even without a roof over my head, I felt what it was like to be in the cold, to feel the hard surface I slept on,” said Lisa Three Feathers. “It has opened my eyes a lot. I pray for all those who are without shelter to be looked after and watched over and not to have to go through this much longer. I feel for what homeless people go through everyday. This was just one night, but one that I hope brings awareness to all.”

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