A group of Indigenous teenagers from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to help heal from the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their small, remote community.
It’s the 58th Winter Festival in Pimicikamak Cree Nation, a small Indigenous community on the 55th parallel in Canada’s boreal forest.
The Twilight Dancers are competing in the square dancing category — but they’re not just dancing to win. They’re dancing to cope with the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their community. In 2016, 140 youth attempted suicide. 6 young people took their own lives.
Dancing helps the community heal. At the Winter Festival, everybody comes together to dance.