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'They understand that girls' lives matter': More messages of support sent to northern Sask.

Another shipment of cards has been sent to communities in northern Saskatchewan with messages of love and hope for struggling young girls.

University of Saskatchewan students sending notes to girls in the north

After just one week of collecting notes, Claire Card sent a shipment of about 75 messages to send to girls in northern Saskatchewan. She said as long as people are willing to continue writing them, she’s willing to continue sending them. (Submitted by Claire Card)

Another shipment of cards has been sent to communities in northern Saskatchewan with messages of love and hope for struggling young girls.

Six young girls between the ages of 10 and 14 have taken their lives in northern Saskatchewan communities since the start of October. 

"Personally, I think, myself and a number of other individuals were deeply affected by hearing about these suicides of young girls," said Claire Card, a professor of veterinarian medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

Many of the letters written to girls in northern Saskatchewan were done by students in the veterinary program at the U of S — most of whom are young women. (Facebook)

Following the lead of Fran Forsberg who started a card-writing campaign earlier this month, Card decided to start her own effort to send notes of encouragement. They are written for girls who attend the same schools where the girls who committed suicide went.

Many of the letters Card collected were written by students in the veterinary program at the U of S — most of whom are young women.

"These girls are familiar with what it's like to be a young woman in today's society and they understand that girls' lives matter," Card said.

"So they've been writing letters and notes to these classes where these girls came from and we think it's great."

Card said she feels a close connection with the north. The vet school has an outreach imitative that visits schools in La Ronge. She is also part of a Team North out of Regina which travels to Stanley Mission and La Loche.

Claire Card takes part in Team North which provides veterinary services and education to northern Saskatchewan. In this picture, the team is seen visiting La Loche. (Submitted by Claire Card)

"We've been to their schools. We've talked to them, sometimes, but also because partly it's a woman-to-woman effort that these young women, I think, do understand about the darkness that can sometimes creep into people's lives."

After just one week of collecting notes, Card sent a shipment of about 75 messages. She said as long as people are willing to continue writing them, she's willing to continue sending them.

About the Author

After spending five years in radio, Courtney Markewich joined CBC Saskatoon in 2016. She is currently a Social Media News Editor/Presenter for @CBCSask and @CBCSaskatoon.