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Fears of drug use spike in Cold Lake First Nation after Hells Angels sightings



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Chris Stewart
APTN National News
The recent appearance of Hells Angels-connected individuals on Cold Lake First Nation in Alberta triggered concerns among community leaders who are bracing for a possible increase in local drug use.

They have turned to Lee Mason, head of the Young Warriors Network, for help.

The Young Warriors offer counselling and bullying prevention.

Mason was once a gang-member and spent years in jail. He says youth in Cold Lake are vulnerable.

“Some people have stated that it comes to a crisis stage here with the gangs, the crystal meth, the crack and all the other drugs that have been floating around,” said Mason.

The Hells Angels do not have an official presence in Cold Lake, but they have been see recently on the reserve. In June, eight people were arrested for illegal firearms and drug trafficking.

Mason said education is the best way to keep youth from joining gangs and getting into drugs.

 


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4 Responses to “Fears of drug use spike in Cold Lake First Nation after Hells Angels sightings”

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    Lee Mason August 24, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    Thank you Chris Stewart, well done.

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    Herman Martens August 25, 2017 at 3:57 am #

    Many things have been tried to help First Nations youth from all the harmful things that go on; activities, music, boxing-which are all good.
    People, however, need to work; if there is no work, make work, volunteer to do work for exchange for experience. When a construction Co comes to town you can say, I have experience driving truck; or what ever.
    If you want racism and discrimination to go away, Tell your employer you’ll shred your Indian Status card and earn your own way.

    When you’re told you have un fair advantages, which you do- You can say,” I’m paddling my own canoe: all the stares, slurs will disappear into thin air, as will racist remarks as soon as people learn you you’re earning your own way.

    Gangs like to pick on bums who they can use- this person can say; no time, I’ve got work to do. Thank you

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      Lee Mason August 29, 2017 at 4:18 am #

      You might want to take a few well taught classes in Canadian Aboriginal History Herman, you’re quite misguided in some of your remarks here. “If you want racism and discrimination to go away, Tell your employer you’ll shred your Indian Status card and earn your own way.” Wow that’s beyond racist and discriminatory language. You have no idea how multi faceted the issues are facing First Nations people of all ages.

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    Paul Haythorne August 25, 2017 at 8:58 pm #

    Do not let the criminal angels near you’re village or you’ll be sorry.what will happen is they divide and conquer using their dope to manipulate the addicts,form new sub gangs,put women on the street and scare the elders