Manitoba Chief wants alcohol ban review
Norway House chief calling for end to ban on alcohol
Posted: Feb 14, 2013 11:24 AM CST
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013 8:35 PM CST
The chief of a central-Manitoba First Nation wants to review the current ban on allowing alcohol in his community.
Norway House chief Ron Evans said lifting the ban might make it easier to control how much alcohol was on the reserve.
“There are more and more people thinking it should be a wet reserve,” said Evans.
“There are people who believe the more you keep things away from people, the more they want access to it.
The comments come shortly after a Riverton liquor vendor was busted for selling alcohol that was ending up in dry northern Manitoba communities.
RCMP also recently swept Norway House and seized a large amount of liquor.
“It’s very difficult for us to police our communities. We get very little funding for policing,” said Evans.
He said a liquor vendor in a neighbouring community has made it difficult for officials to keep alcohol out.
“For us to police a community our size -- we’re looking at 7,000-8,000 people there -- it’s not an easy thing to do,” said Evans.
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