Awakening the spirit within
For the first 35 years of his life, Eddie Gough had no idea who he truly was.
Born to an Indigenous mother from the Wikwemikoong Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, he was adopted by a white family in a Toronto suburb and grew up with no connection of to his ancestry of any kind. He never even knew another Indigenous person until the day he arrived at the CAMH emergency department six years ago.
Addicted to drugs including alcohol and in a state of suicidal despair in the wake of his best friend’s suicide, he was referred to what was then called the Aboriginal Service at CAMH, a decision he says saved his life.
"When I walked in there for the first time, I didn’t realize what a life-altering experience it would be. I finally felt that connection to what I had been thinking about my whole life without even knowing that this is what I was seeking. "