Northlanders help celebrate new beginnings in Duluth

By KBJR News 1

December 29, 2013 Updated Dec 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For many, part of entering a new year and new beginnings is looking back to acknowledge the successes of the previous year.

That was the name of the game at the old Lincoln Park School Saturday as part of a new beginnings community celebration.

Headed by the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Idle No More and Community Action Duluth, among others, Northlanders were encouraged to share last year's successes, while offering support in the coming year.

According to Community Coach Babette Sandman, many youth present have overcome hardships, and recognizing that is part of the native culture.

"We're a culture that's always really concerned about the future generation, and whatever we can do to help the younger generation right now," said Sandman. "We know that our culture is powerful, and very healing."

The event included a chance for attendees to get in touch with Northland services, such as job counseling and employment programs.

It wrapped up with music and dancing.

Billy Wagness