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  • Patrick Guilfoyle
    June 12, 2012 - 11:07

    I was a teacher at Nukum Mani Shan All Grades School from 1994-1995. Although I have been in South Korea since 1996 and am settled down here, I always remember my stay in Davis Inlet with a sense of fondness and sadness. I will always remember the kindness of the teacher assistants, the Mennonite missionaries, the staff at the community store, the school custodian, colleagues, and of course my students. It saddens me to see that not much has changed. I wish I could go back there again and try and help the children.

  • Hill Billie
    June 12, 2012 - 09:59

    So Sad, the problem is that these parents are about as mature as their 13 year old gas-sniffing children and are also substance abusers. It's time to get all First Nations people off the reserve i.e. Ghetto and integrated into Canadian society. If we can give them a purpose as well as some responsibility then they can change their lives for the better. As the old saying goes, idle hands are the devils workshop.

    • Politically incorrect
      June 12, 2012 - 11:33

      For the past hundred years the official policy has been to forcibly integrate them into our supposedly superior "Canadian society." Your “solution” reeks of the same arrogance and inherent racism.

    • Sadly Misunderstood
      June 27, 2012 - 08:55

      Your comment saddens me more than the issues faced in Natuashish as it appears that you are unaware of the history faced by First Nations People. Our sense of "Purpose" and "Identity" was ripped away from us by act of assimilation and colonization to which we are still struggling to overcome. As for your terming of reserves to "Ghetto", there are still some organizations and companies that see our ghetto as resourceful as they are still trying to take what we have!

  • Mohammed
    June 12, 2012 - 08:57

    The root causes of their problems have nothing to do with access to facilities or programs. The root problems are the home lives of these children, in households where alcoholism and violence are routine. For a 13 year old boy to disappear for days is indicative of the lack of parental responsibility. When a child goes home and the parents do not have the capacity to care properly for the child, or even remember the child's name, then you have the root of the problem. However, government's solutions are equally responsible for the crisis: throwing money at these people to shut them up is wrong. Finally, there are many communities with populations greater than That of Natuishish that have no problems with youth addiction. Time for aboriginal and provincial governments to intervene and impose harsh changes on this community before kids start inhaling and dying.

  • David
    June 12, 2012 - 08:50

    There is not enough money on the face of the Earth to prevent people from doing what they simply insist on doing. In many instances, the more money and attention paid to a social problem simply relieves any last vestiges of personal choice and responsibility from individuals, making the situation even worse. Despite the politicians' desire to hide and bury and deflect such social failures with walls of taxpayer money, it is clearly and unequivocally is not a solution. But what is absolutely clear is that it is a waste of money.

  • SO SAD
    June 12, 2012 - 08:34

    If the recreation center cost an enormous eight million dollars for such a small community, it must have all the up-to-date facilities such as basketball, ball hockey, volleyball, etc., so just why aren't most of the children and teenagers showing any interest? Surely, there must be a few adults who have the time to motivate these children to get involved in sports. Even outdoor sports in the Summer, like soccer, rugby, lacrosse, etc. Lacrosse can be played indoors also. These activities are a great means of exercise as well. Is their room in the center for a pool table, a couple of dart boards; just use anything that will grasp their interest. The outside the community programs, which also cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, obviously are not the answer because they go back home and eventually start all over again destroying their brains and bodies. My heavens, some of the kids are as young as thirteen. At that young age, there must be some degree of parental discipline. And what about respect for the authority of the RCMP, teachers, clergy, adults, etc. Someone got to get control now bebore it's "too late" and will be carried on to the next generation because the toddlers and younger children see this on a regular basis and will think it is part of their culture and lifestyle.