Lateral violence and threats toward elected officials need to stop, Sky Deer says

 By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Lateral violence and threats towards duly elected chiefs and councils needs to end, and sometimes Indigenous communities are often their own worst enemy when it comes to such things, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Grand Chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer said after last week’s Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) chiefs’ meeting. “Criticism of elected officials is fine. It goes with the territory of leadership,” Sky-Deer said. “Lateral violence such as threats, defamation, bullying and such things do not go with the territory of leadership and the problem is that if this sort of things continue, the people who would opt for leadership might say `maybe not.”’ Lateral violence is a growing problem in Indigenous communities across ANFQL territory, Sky-Deer and the rest…

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