When boredom leads to 'bad things'

CBC's New Fire looks at ways to beat summer boredom

There isn’t much to do in many remote communities. Like in Webequie First Nation, a fly-in community in northern Ontario where there are about a thousand residents.

Plenty of those residents are young — about half of them, Judith Beaver told CBC New Fire’s Lisa Charleyboy.

"There's barely anything to do in Webequie," the 15 year old said, and that leads young people into, as she put it, doing “bad things.”

We all know we need an outlet when we’re bored, but sometimes don’t always choose a healthy or safe way to occupy our time.  

Beaver eventually got caught with friends when they broke into their school, was blamed by her friends and got in big trouble after the incident. Since then, she’s made efforts to change the bad things to good.

Beaver started playing hockey. To raise money for a community arena, so that kids can skate indoors since Webequie only has outdoor rinks, she’s planning a walk-a-thon from Pickle Lake o Ottawa. It’s a nearly 2,000 km trek.

Check out Charleyboy and Beaver’s conversation here.

Sports are one way to overcome being bored, but how have others done so? Listen to the entire episode this week, which includes a playlist from Lisa Charleyboy to beat summer boredom.

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