Alcohol on reserves… Another possible-alcohol related incident has happened on the Yellow Quill First Nation in Saskatchewan and 2 children died. The 1 and 3 year old sisters were discovered in only T-shirts and undergarments in the snow suffering from hypothermia and frostbite. Apparently the father had been drinking heavily that day. Yellow Quill First Nation tried unsuccessfully to become a dry reserve a year ago.
There are currently 22 dry reserves in Manitoba, but the leaders’ debate whether banning the alcohol is really the answer. Some reserves were dry and now allow limits on alcohol for personal use. When the reserve is dry, other issues ensue and tragic deaths have occurred from people going to remote areas to pick up the illegal alcohol. Bootlegging becomes a big commodity. Banning alcohol from Aboriginal people is like going back in time. In Canada, under the Indian Act, Aboriginal people were banned from possessing and consuming alcohol on reserves until 1951. There is a lack of police enforcement to support this type of ban as well.
The biggest issue is that it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. There are addictions to be dealt with, and if you have an alcohol addiction you will find a way to get the alcohol. What needs to happen is we need to provide programs, services and treatments to those who need it.
The Seven Teachings are part of the First Nations Peoples lives, living on the Prairies here in Canada
Suicide on reserves
Pike Lake Culture Daylocal artist: Solomon Colomb 2002
A look back to The Oka Crisis, 13 years ago.Part of my Winter Count
Pearl exclaims;"Can I help you with your homework"
The ulu knife, traditionally the handle is made from caribou antler or walrus ivory. The blade was made of slate, until metal was introduced during the Fur Trade.
Art from Baffin Island.
Weaving Stories and TraditionsStorytelling and weaving are treasured aspects of indigenous peoples. Much time is put into both the weaving of the basket and the weaving of a story.