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Kelvin Redvers is one of the founders of the We Matter campaign and now the HopePact campaign, which aims to help Indigenous youth find support for struggles like bullying, addiction and depression. (Submitted by Kelvin Redvers) A man from Hay River, N.W.T., is encouraging Indigenous youth across Canada to take a hope pact.

"There has been issues of suicide pacts across the country where young people decide together to take their own lives," said Kelvin Redvers, one of the founders of the national movement.

"So what if instead we had even more people deciding to have hope together?"

Redvers says the campaign — dubbed HopePact — is an agreement youth make, pledging to keep looking forward. A Hope Pact bracelet is a reminder of the pledge members made. (Submitted by Kelvin Redvers) "You’re agreeing to believe that no matter how hard life gets, there’s always a way forward. You’re agreeing to ask for help when you need it, to honour the strength within you, and to show support and kindness to those around you."

"It indicates that there’s a group of people out there who are believing in me, who are believing in us," said Redvers.

Young people can take the HopePact in person, or online . Tunchai Redvers, sister of Kelvin Redvers, at Senator Myles Venne School in La Ronge, Sask., talking about the HopePact campaign. (Submitted by Kelvin Redvers) Encouragement for Fort Simpson

Redvers and his sister began the We Matter campaign last fall — a call for people from across the country to encourage youth by uploading personal video messages on how they overcame struggles.

The campaign was "quite successful," says Redvers, who noted that celebrities like Nunavut NHL player Jordin Tootoo and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau submitted a video ."When I have a bad day, I will literally go watch […]

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