Piapot First Nation Youth Lead Alcohol, Drug Ban, Violators to Be Fined

The Piapot First Nation is just northeast of the city of Regina

Youth resolution asking for a ban on alcohol & drugs, accepted and passed

By Red Power Media, Staff | April 27, 2017

A group of youth from Piapot First Nation are taking a stand for a drug- and alcohol-free community.

CTV Regina reports, the band council on the First Nation, about 45 kilometers northeast of Regina, is following the lead of youth from Payepot School.

Thursday morning, the student body and community walked to celebrate and support the resolution of a drug- and alcohol-free community.

According to the Regina Leader-Postmany walkers including the chief and council wore red T-shirts that read, “We choose to live for what we believe in” to support the youths’ initiative.

Jr. Chief Thomas Kaiswatum said he and the members of the junior council wanted to do something to help create a safer environment for the elders and the children in the community.

Earlier this week, Kaiswatum and the other youth presented a resolution to chief and council asking for a ban on drugs and alcohol which was accepted and passed.

Piapot aims to keep drugs, alcohol off reserve

“An open-alcohol fine would be $200, but in order to get a federal prosecutor out here to prosecute that infringement on that bylaw, it could cost upwards of $3,000,” said Piapot First Nation Chief Jeremy Fourhorns.

Kaiswatum said he’s also noticed drunk driving as a problem on the reserve.

Earlier this year, the youth entered a video in SGI’s Save a Life Challenge, which was part of a drinking and driving awareness campaign.

The 16-year-old said the efforts will make the community safer for youth and elders.

The First Nation’s leaders hope to make the walk an annual event.

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