Many people do not feel safe in their own neighborhoods. Our justice program is supposed to be addressing the violence in our community but so many do not feel safe in their own homes.
There are program dollars available to address many issues but Cowichan Tribes does not apply for justice funding that is available to First Nation Communities. Several tragedies have occurred in our community and there has been little done from the justice department to address these challenges. We have gang issues, violence against youth, drug and alcohol issues, property crimes and very little has been done.
We need action, community engagement and the development of a set of priorities established by community input and engagement.