Alexis Creek First Nation community members Kailey Guichon

Alexis Creek First Nation community members Kailey Guichon

Rallying for a safer community

Rallying for a safer community will be the focus of an event taking place on the Alexis Creek First Nation west of Williams Lake.

Rallying for a safer community will be the focus of an event taking place on the Alexis Creek First Nation west of Williams Lake on Wednesday, July 17.

“We are planning to walk from the top of the reserve down along all the main drags on the reserve,” said one of the rally organizers Martina William. “We are making a stand for a healthier and safer community to live in.”

The rally will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the plan is to carry signs, which children in the community have been helping create.

Also known as Tsi Del Del, the Alexis Creek First Nation is located 110 kilometres west of Williams Lake on Highway 20.

William, 37, has lived at Alexis Creek First Nation her entire life and said 300 community members live on reserve and another 300 live off reserve.

She cannot remember a similar rally ever taking place and said the intent is to put a positive focus on helping build a safer community.

In the summer of 2012, a safety committee was established in the community.

Drug and alcohol referral worker Darlene Baptiste chairs the safety committee.

She returned to live in the community five years ago, she said.

“The chief and council selected members for the committee and because I am part of the health team staff I was delegated to be the chair,” Baptiste said.

Eight people are on the committee, including the band manager, a chief and council representative, elders from the community, school principal and the RCMP.

Since its inception, the committee has tackled issues brought forth from the community around speeding, impaired driving, quad riding on the reserve, break-ins and vandalism. Members have also started developing some bylaws.

“We’re identifying some bylaws, creating drafts to go through with the band staff, and deciding what needs to be amended,” Baptiste said. “Once the drafts are approved, we will pass them on to chief and council for ratification.”

Safety committee liaison Const. Krista Mangan of the Alexis Creek RCMP Detachment said the rally is also a way to “take back the community” and promote a healthier and safer community.

“They want to make people aware the committee exists, that they’re working on bylaws and different mechanisms within the band to deal with problem issues outside of the criminal justice system,” Mangan said, adding the committee is “working in leaps and bounds” to identify problems and come up with solutions on their own.

Organizers also hope other people in the community will decide they want to join the safety committee, or at least use the committee to make complaints, Mangan added.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

FILE PHOTO
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine will be available, as AstraZeneca supply runs low: Interior Health

Province expecting large volumes of Pfizer BioNTech as age-based cohort immunization program ramps up

A medical worker prepares vials of the COVID-19 vaccines, Chinese Sinopharm, left, Sputnik V, center, and Pfizer at a vaccine centre, in the Usce shopping mall in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Serbian authorities are looking for incentives for people to boost vaccination that has slowed down in recent weeks amid widespread anti-vaccination and conspiracy theories in the Balkan nation. The government has also promised a payment of around 25 euros to everyone who gets vaccinated by the end of May. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
38 new COVID-19 cases, more than 335k vaccines administered in Interior Health

Interior Health also to start targeted vaccinations in high transmission neighbourhoods

Williams Lake Fire Chief Erick Peterson said his department along with other fire departments in the region will be doing some wildfire urban interface training on Sunday, May 9 in the Williams Lake area. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Wildfire urban interface training slated for Williams Lake area Sunday, May 9

Williams Lake, Quesnel, Miocene and 150 Mile House fire departments participating

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A sign indicating face coverings are required by the establishment is pictured on the front door of a business in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak

Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix update B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths

445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care

Summerland’s positive test rate is much higher than surrounding local health areas, according to internal BC CDC documents. (BC CDC)
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases

Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community

Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

At this Highway 3 check point, police officers will be asking for identification from drivers, documentation regarding the driver’s name and address, and the purpose for the driver’s travel. (RCMP)
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.

Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area

A spectator looks on as the Olympic Caldron is relit in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Small majority of B.C. residents in favour of a Vancouver 2030 Olympic bid: survey

A new survey shows a split over the possibility of public money being spent to organize and host the winter games

Most Read