Rosie Wapachee, the Community Health Representative in Nemaska, says it is vital today that parents teach their teens about sex.

“When I was growing up, my mother never talked to me about sex. I was always taught that sex was a sin, that it was wrong. But today, it’s not like 50 years ago, sex can kill you. There are all kinds of disease out there and kids today are very sexually active.”

Wapachee said, some people worry that by talking to their kids about sex, they will be encouraging them to go have it. “That’s never bothered me,” she said. “They’re doing it anyway.”

Wapachee said she’d rather kids know how to protect themselves from disease, than die from one.