From the Winnipeg Free Press–Indigenous hockey star Jordin Tootoo shared a message of hope and resilience at Red River College on Thursday, encouraging a gymnasium packed full of students and fans to find the courage to confront their mental health challenges and make positive change in their lives.

“Every Indigenous person I’ve met has been touched or affected by suicide,” Tootoo told reporters ahead of his speech at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus.

“And me having to deal with it personally has given me an opportunity to reflect and to educate myself, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

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