November 20, 2017

First Nations leaders want Safe Streets Act repealed

Don’t make a bad problem worse.

That’s the message from First Nations leaders and health officials in BC who are calling for the repeal of the federal government’s Safe Streets Act.

A new report by the provincial health officer says First Nations are already over-represented in prison, and Doctor Evan Adams says the Safe Streets Act will exacerbate the problem.

“The inherent ideological shift from prevention to punishment will adversely affect vulnerable populations in BC, including aboriginal peoples.”

Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo backs the report and its call for better employment and educational opportunities.

“It is more effective to open the door to a school in order to close the door to the jail cell.”

The report also calls for more diversionary programs to keep aboriginals out of jail. 

 

CKNW Vancouver News

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