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

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.”