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Tsilhqot’in leader frustrated by provincial safety initiative

A new initiative to target crime and violence in the Cariboo-Chilcotin is facing criticism from the head of the Tsilhqot’in National Government.

The integrated community safety initiative, which will get up to a half million dollars in provincial funding support, was rolled out by public safety minister Mike Morris in Williams Lake Tuesday.

Morris says the province is committed to stopping violent crime in a “strong spirit of collaboration” with First Nations and local leaders.

TNG Tribal Chair and Tl’etinqox-t’in (Anaham) Chief Joe Alphonse says if BC is serious about combating crime, it should involve his community; but he says that hasn’t happened.

Alphonse says his community is in crisis and if the government really wants to counter crime and violence, it should pay a visit to Anaham before it comes up with a plan.

Alphonse says his experience as a youth worker tells him that young people need tools and support to keep them on track in a world that is increasingly complicated.

He says that requires money for programs developed by the Tsilhqot’in, not government telling it what to do.

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