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-Post, many 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.
“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.
I think it is awesome that they want to band drugs and alcohol but the only real problem I can see with That is that no matter what if they want it they will get it and instead of it being completely legal now that’s going to be illegal and you’re going to have a lot more illegal activity within the first nation so I think it’s awesome that they want to ban and illegal drugs and alcohol or any drugs for that matter and alcohol but at the same time you also have to take into consideration that it’s going to have on that community
Awesome. Keep it up. Together we will win this battle and overcome drugs and alcohol.