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Home-brewed drink affecting First Nations youth


A potent home-brew drink called "superjuice" and its impact on Native youth was the subject of a discussion in Manitoba.

Superjuice is made from a high-potency yeast and sold on four remote First Nations in the Island Lake area of northeastern Manitoba. Bobby Monias, the regional youth adviser for Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said the drink contributes to a high rate of violence among Native youth.

"I'm not going to deny anything, because I've had my share of problems with superjuice. It's pretty strong," Monias told CBC News.

The First Nations in Island Lake are dry so bootlegging is common. Darren Witzney, a mental-health therapist, said superjuice is easy and fast to make.

Get the Story:
'Superjuice' homebrew wreaks havoc on First Nations (CBC 12/19)

Relevant Links:
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs - http://www.manitobachiefs.com