Attawapiskat First Nation chief launches personal war on illegal drugs

By Liam Casey THE CANADIAN PRESS The chief of Attawapiskat First Nation has launched a personal war on illegal drugs because he says he is tired of waiting for others to deal with a problem that is destroying his small community in northern Ontario. Chief Ignace Gull, who was elected in 2016 following a state of emergency triggered by a spate of youth suicides, says he’s using the authority under the Indian Act to search suspected drug dealers. Gull and four other local officials search everyone who lands at the fly-in community’s airport, including local police officers. “It’s a success so far,’’ the chief said Wednesday in a phone interview. “These (drugs) are destroying the community.’’ Police say the drugs come in through the airport or by mail. Gull said…

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