Haisla Nation Council is pleased to work with the Kitimat RCMP for a safer and healthier community.

Statement from Haisla Nation Council:

To all who believe in a safer and healthier community: 

Illicit drugs, as well as alcohol abuse, run counter to Haisla values and is harmful to our community and hurtful to our people

We are also all too aware of the growing problem in B.C., and the country, of fentanyl and carfentanil, which is extremely dangerous and kills hundreds of people each year.

Haisla Nation Council is pleased to work with the RCMP in informing Haisla members about all the ways we can make our community stronger.

Whether you are seeking out the support of the Haisla Health Centre, learning how to contact outside counselling agencies, or even anonymously reporting potential crimes, we encourage you to be informed about all the ways we can make our community healthier and safer.

Having this shared knowledge will lead us to a stronger community for today’s Haisla, and for our future generations as well.

– Haisla Nation Council

Statement from the Kitimat RCMP:

The RCMP focuses on five strategic priorities throughout each community it polices; serious and organized crime, national security, youth, aboriginal communities and economic integrity.

Contributing to safer and healthier Aboriginal communities is one of those priorities where the RCMP strives to improve community health and wellness. This goal is being achieved by working collaboratively with various agencies inside and out of the community. The Kitimat RCMP First Nations Policing section ensures the needs of the community are met through priorities that are identified within the community. These needs are community specific but encompass the same RCMP national priorities.

To ensure the Kitamaat Village remains a safe and healthy community, the Kitimat RCMP ask residents to report any illegal or suspicious activity and call 911 if someone is in immediate danger. This will not only ensure the health and well-being of those directly involved, but that of the whole community. Calling the police or other agencies also ensure these individuals are getting the help and assistance they might not have otherwise.

There are different ways that Communities are capable of protecting themselves and one avenue is to utilize reporting programs, such as Crime Stoppers. Callers will always remain anonymous and will not have direct contact with police. Calls can also be directed to other community services. This provides the opportunity to contribute to a safer and healthier community while remaining anonymous.

If you observe a crime or suspicious activity in your community, please let us know through the following sources:

* Emergencies – Dial: 911

* Non-Emergencies – Dial: 250-632-7111

* Report Anonymously – Dial: 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit bccrimestoppers.com

– Kitimat RCMP


Haisla Nation Council social worker, available to Haisla members:

Jennifer Lagace, 250-639-9361 Ext. 350. She can also be reached on her cell phone at 250-639-5950, and e-mail jlagace@haisla.ca.


Counselling resources:

The provincially and federally funded 24/7 First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) sponsored KUU-US Crisis line at 1-800-588-8717 or 1-800-KUU-US17, that provides mental health counselling across the province.

FNHA accredited mental health counsellors:

SMITHERS

Kirsten Morgan (Jukes-Huges), 250-877-0794

Ruth Murdoch, 250-847-4989

Jessican Williams, 250-643-0096

SOUTH HAZELTON

Elizabeth Larson, 778-202-1670

TERRACE

Dr. Ted Altar, 250-635-3888

Deborah McCooey, 250-615-6548

Joelle McKiernan, 250-635-6707

Devin Thomas Pollitt, 250-635-0980

Katharine Smith, 250-631-6194

Susan Viveiros, 250-615-7532

In order to get fully funded by FNHA to go the above counsellors is to cite a relative who went to Residential school. They would need the relative’s legal name, birthdate and the name of the residential school he or she attended.

For members who want to attend drug and addictions treatment and healing centres the list is: Note: FNHA will only fund treatments received at accredited centres.

KITIMAT – Gya Wa’Tlaab Healing Centre, 250-639-9817

VANDERHOOF – Carrier Sekani Family services, 250-567-2900

VANCOUVER– Hey-Way-Nogu Healing Circle For Addictions Society, 604-874-1831

ROUND LAKE – Interior Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Society, 250-546-3077

PORT ALBERNI – Kackaamin Family Development Centre, 250-723-7789

ALERT BAY – Namgis Treatment Centre, 250-974-5522

WILLIAMS LAKE – Nengayni Wellness Centre, 250-989-0301

DAWSON CREEK – North Wind Healing Centre Society, 250-843-6977

CRESTON – Three Voices of Healing Society, 778-526-2501

VICTORIA – Tsow – Tun Le Lum, 250-390-3123

KITWANGA – Wilp Si Satwx ( House of Purification), 250-849-5211