Blockade threats raise ire
Re: Cut funding, face blockades: chiefs (Aug. 8) Canadians are fed up with the blockade threats from First Nation leaders. Publish the facts and allow everybody to form an opinion. First Nations reserve residents deserve answers. If the chiefs have nothing to hide, then they should have nothing to fear.
If there is nothing wrong with the finances, then they should have no problem with them being made public.
If Mathias Colomb Chief Arlen Dumas is worried about stereotypes about First Nations governments, then he should watch a few episodes of an excellent show called Blackstone on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
The hour-long show deals with tough issues such as addictions, family violence, suicide, corruption and nepotism on the fictional First Nation community of Blackstone in Western Canada.
"If you look around you, culture is on display every day: family violence; alcoholism; drug abuse; incest; suicide; corruption. That's our culture now." -- Cecil Delaronde, played by actor Gordon Tootoosis.
Tragic standoff complex
Re: Where is the transparency? (Aug. 7). Andrew Baryluk and, perhaps, his family are responsible for his death. The brother wasn't getting enough rent so decided to turn him out. Maybe that was legal, fair or just, who knows. But unable to do the family job of convincing Andrew Baryluk to leave the house, they resorted to having him evicted. The situation deteriorated, police got involved and tragedy struck.
I understand that Baryluk's family are deeply distressed by the final outcome of the actions they initiated. But they should not be encouraged in their notion that somehow they are the victims of a great injustice.
-- Old Flin Flon
The press is never satisfied. If the police would have come out right after the incident, they would of called it a rush to judgment. They wait a week to make sure they have a clearer understanding of what happened and they are being chastised. There would have been an untold number of witnesses to interview, and that takes time. There would have been forensic evidence to piece together as to what possibly happened, and that takes time. This is a very complex and dynamic incident and I would hate for the police to get it wrong. I would rather have the police take their time and get it right.