By Carter Brooks
Photo provided by the Tootoo family
The fifth annual Terence Tootoo Memorial Walk will take place in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut Tuesday evening.
Following four successful awareness raising walks in Canada's far north, the fifth running of the Tootoo memorial campaign returns at 6:00 P.M. central time in Rankin Inlet.
Beginning at the Tootoo residence, Jordin Tootoo, family, friends and local mental health advocates will gather to continue raising the concerns of mental wellbeing and the ever-present issue of suicide in northern communities. Hot dogs and juice will be provided to all participants and observers.
"Let's all come together as a community and raise awareness about suicide prevention," Jordin Tootoo wrote in a Twitter post Tuesday morning. "I will be there to greet everyone, so please come out and let's all remember our loved ones that we have lost to suicide."
Terence Tootoo is the late older brother of Jordin, who played three years for the OCN Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, before heading south to skate for the Roanoke Express in the East Coast Hockey League. Tootoo collected at least one point-per-game and three penalty minute-per-game in each of his MJHL seasons, finishing with 99 goals, 212 points and 710 penalty minutes in 172 games.
Terence tragically committed suicide in 2002, leaving behind his brother Jordin, father Barney, mother Rose and sister Corinne. Rankin Inlet's Avataq Cup was recently renamed as the Terence Tootoo Memorial Cup in his honour.