First Nations leaders say they are deeply troubled by the level of violent activity in Williams Lake and surrounding communities.
In a news release issued in the wake of Monday’s shooting incident in Williams Lake, the Tsilhqot’in National Government says a number of its members have lost their lives to the increased violence over the past few years.
It’s calling on government to work directly with First Nation communities to devise a strategy to counter the incidents, adding there are not currently enough resources to handle the escalating situation.
TNG Tribal Chair Chief Joe Alphonse says everyone has a role to play in reducing violence. Alphonse calls on those involved to make positive choices, saying there is a better future for them and their families.
The TNG says the escalation of violence will only lead to more heartbreak within all of its communities.