Spending millions on ‘talk’ is wrong

It has really become time to deal with this mental health file, not just for our native population, but for all British Columbians.

The $66 million spent on aboriginal meetings and consultations concerning the “governance of Aboriginal children”,  performed exactly as it was intended to do, give the impression of actuating services to Canada’s most vulnerable population.

The fact that then Premier Gordon Campbell, hired an apartheid expert as deputy minister is no coincidence.  It’s their smoke and mirrors attempt to keep the native population confused and divided into which direction they should take.  It’s working perfectly for the government, they have the Sto:lo bands divided, 11 to eight.

The real truth of the matter is, if the government was serious about dealing with native issues such as parental addiction, poverty, neglect, special needs, and the dreaded mental illness, it would cost many times more than the $66 million will hide.

Talk about denial, there’s is so much avoidance of the real issues, they keep offering these micro bandage amounts, like the $8 million offered for even more consultations.  I was under the impression that talk therapy was cheaper.

As opposition leaders have pointed out, it’s a total waste, to spend millions of dollars chatting, while there’s a eight month wait for their youth to obtain mental health services.

It has really become time to deal with this mental health file, not just for our native population, but for all British Columbians.  There’s a mental health epidemic in this province that has to be acknowledged.

It’s time we deal with the Riverview mental hospital, either fix it, or sell it and build a new one elsewhere.  As it is, for most, there’s no where to go.

Art Green,

Hope BC

Just Posted

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UPDATE w/ VIDEO: Chilliwack homeless camp given eviction notice

Inside the camp that will be removed by Monday RCMP according to trespass notice

Missing Chilliwack teen found ‘safe and sound’

Boy found just as mother was organizing search

Chilliwack Rotary club reports $4,200 theft at storage shed

Rotary Train Shed adjacent to homeless camp on reserve land broken into Oct. 15

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

VIDEO: ‘Lyle the singing pig’ searching for home

SPCA say the pig is ‘not opera-ready’

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Dodgers punch ticket to World Series

This will be the first time the Los Angles Dodgers have made it to the World Series since 1988.

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

Most Read