Saik’uz First Nation held an event last week to celebrate sobriety and healthy decisions in the community.
Bike Rodeo, Sobriety Walk & BBQ was organized by the Community Safety Task Force of the First Nation community on June 18.
“It didn’t matter if you walked for yourself of or someone else—we wanted to show the community that there are members who care about what happens and that there is support for everyone’s success,” Chief Priscilla Mueller said, adding that she was pleased with the number of people who participated.
“Substance abuse is an issue in Saik’uz. It’s something of which we’re aware and something we’re working to address,” Mueller told The Express.
At the community’s Annual General Assembly last year, community members asked chief and council to start a task force to address the issue. “So, we started the Community Safety Task Force (CSTF) which is composed of community members and supported by Saik’uz staff, councillors, and myself.”
The CSTF has had two meetings and has another planned for this week. Mueller said the Sobriety Walk is one of “what will be many steps” to improve the safety and well-being of Saik’uz community members.