On the wake of the La Loche tragedy, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, hopes it serves as a wake-up call to prevent something like this from happening again.
He says violence tends to be common in remote communities.
“A lot of the violence is a sad reality in many remote First Nations communities, urban First Nations communities or other First Nations communities, the common denominator is poverty”.
He says lack of services in remote areas is something far too common.
“In the instance of La Loche, it becomes clear that there are absolutely no services available to that community”
He adds the last 10 years have been difficult for First Nations communities, but the future relies on Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise of change.
“In the event that Mister Trudeau follows through with those promises, I think we can begin the long process of recovery.”
Phillip says the new government brings hope of recovery to First Nations communities.