Take the children, cut off all the government money and let's all forget Natuashish is even a place. Why is this even in the news? There a loads of people in deplorable conditions everywhere in this province. What makes these people more worthy of assistance (for the second time)? I'd rather the millions be spent digging up and fixing the blunder we call the outer ring road.
Posted: 9/28/2012 7:02:13 PM
All I hear about is the children who are abusing. Is this community made up entirely of children ? Where are the parents of these children when they are indulging in this activity ? I don't think that its such a large community that I wouldn't be able to find my child if I went looking for him. I guess thats the biggest part of the problem. These parents are like a lot of crack heads living in any of the drug gettos of the world who's first concern is not the safety and well being of their children, but rather where they themselves are going to get their next high. Animals take better care of their young.
Posted: 9/28/2012 6:25:51 PM
Townie from the Bay :
The Innu Council and lack of planning by the Federal Government are the major problems in this case. These two groups are also the reason this problem has continued for so long and why its now an issue that the public cannot empathize with. The mismanagement allowed when it comes to this group has been gross. The Federal Govenment doesn't want to deal with the real issues so they throw money at the Band Councils. The Band Councils, in return, split the millions between them and use it for personal salaries and Žlection parties" serving free drinks (in dry communities) for a promise of a vote!! The kids/teens we see on the news reap no benefits from the money that has been poured into the community. If anything their futures are being obliterated by a group of money-hungry, power seeking, controlling band members. These poor kids SHOULD be the real issue. Don't throw money at the council. Take the cash and invest in the youngsters! Take the kids/teens out of Natuashish if their parents are not providing basic human rights. No child should be out sniffing gas after midnight on a school night. If that happened around here (St. John's), child protective services whould be all over it. Use the money to build a group home and hire qualified professionals to care for these kids or place them in foster care with a family that can guide them to a better, more productive life. I've seen both sides of Innu persons from Natuashish and surrounding communities, those that give up (making a life out of sniffing gas and drinking) and others who leave, because they had competent, loving parents that looked out for them and made an effort to be a provider and a role model. This article says the parents are desperate for an intervention, but unfortunately this only applies to a small group. We need to break the cycle of addiction/abuse and the only way to do that is to take the kids out instead of leaving them alone and isolated with parents who do not provide emotional guidance, physical health or psycological wellbeing. I feel sorry for the kids...it must be hard to feel so alone, isolated and unloved.