Lytton First Nation to implement community wellness program after fatal stabbing
'When people don't get their healing, and they're young ... then a lot of rage comes out,' says chief
The chief of the Lytton First Nation says she is taking steps to help her community heal after a 38-year-old man was stabbed to death on Friday.
It happened on a rural property on Two Mile Road at about 7:45 p.m. PT, according to Southeast District RCMP, which has not named the victim. Witnesses told CBC News the fatal altercation involved one family at a house party.
A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection to the death.
As the investigation continues, Chief Janet Webster says she will implement a support program for her community of 200 people.
"Many families are affected by intergenerational trauma," she said.
Webster says immediate support is needed to help the family cope with the tragedy, but also ongoing services to address larger issues.
"When people don't get their healing, and they're young, when they become of age, and start drinking, then things come out, a lot of rage comes out," she said.
A sacred fire will remain lit until the 38-year-old victim's funeral.