James Lathlin knows the street life all too well and he has the scars to prove it.
After moving from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve in The Pas to Winnipeg when he was a young child, Lathlin became involved with gang culture, from drug dealing to armed robberies. At one point he was affiliated with the infamous Hell’s Angels gang.
Then one day, outside his family’s house, he was shot by a rival gang. He was sent to the Stony Mountain Penitentiary hospital, where he spent two years for his gang activities.
As an indigenous person raised in a remote First Nation and on the land I am very familiar with my cultural and traditional roots. It was a steep learning...