The Splatsin have taken a strong stand against drug dealers.
On Thursday, chief and council authorized the eviction of the occupants of a residence known as the ‘Heroin House.’
“We will be sending in a crew to clean up the area around the home as it has become a health hazard,” said Chief Wayne Christian and the five band councillors in a signed release.
“The people who have been living in this place had no respect for the property or the home. We can’t tolerate these disrespectful actions of outsiders in our community. Outsiders who are making a living off of the addictions of our people, enough is enough.”
Council is also sending a message to band members who let suspected drug dealers in their home.
“You need to think about the potential consequences – the overdose of one of our people, maybe even a relative,” states the release.
“We can`t tolerate known or suspected drug dealers in our community or in our homes. We all have a responsibility to ensure a drug-free community. We all have a responsibility to ensure that not one member dies from a drug overdose.”
Any information about suspected drug dealers should be passed on to the RCMP, says council.
“We have the full co-operation of the RCMP in closing down any known or suspected drug dealers.”
Gabor Mate, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, will speak about drug addictions, during a stop with the Splatsin June 1.