Tseshaht and Alberni Valley advocate for fully funded detox centre with new strategy

By Alexandra Mehl  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Port Alberni, BC – On Jan. 31, Maht Mah’s filled with Alberni Valley organizations and community members for the unveiling of a four-pillar strategy to combat the toxic drug crisis in the region. At the gathering the Tseshaht First Nation, in partnership with Port Alberni’s Community Action Team and Kuu-us Crisis Line Society, proposed their plan, which includes advocating for a fully funded, inclusive detox and recovery facility. “This isn’t just an Indigenous issue, this isn’t just a Port Alberni issue, or a B.C. issue, or a Canadian issue; this is a human issue and it deserves all of our thoughts, our minds coming together,” said Ken Watts, Tseshaht’s elected chief councillor. He added that this document provides a clear way forward among…

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