Mitch Bourbonnière confirms that the death of the teenager affects the community. (File photo)
The executive director of the faith-based community group Inner City Youth Alive (ICYA), Kent Dueck, says the creation of relationships is an important step in helping young people cope with trauma.
He explains that ICYA strives to build relationships to help young people grow and flourish. The organization also offers a drop-in center in the North End neighborhood of Winnipeg.
Several of us have interpersonal networks and we don't realize how much we depend on them, says Mr. Dueck.
He believes that supportive relationships can help people “in their healing.” He adds that having someone who listens can give an important sense of validation to children who are in traumatic family situations.
For many of our young people, there is no one who listens to them, he emphasizes.