I am a resident of Teslin and it amazes me that there is even a discussion about opening a liquor store in our beautiful community.
Our citizens, both native and non, already developed a community plan after much public consultation and there are many wonderful areas that we see important to work together for the good of everyone living here. Among some of the areas we see as needed here are a pool, youth/elders centre, new school, safe house, etc…
Nowhere did we ever mention a liquor store! Now, I’m not opposed to the “concept” of a liquor store. I’m half-French so I enjoy my daily glass of vin rouge. But, we have way more important issues that we need to deal with first before we even begin discussing less urgent matters… such as a liquor store.
We need healthy alternatives to alcohol first, before we make it easier to access. It’s the same stance that Paul Okalik, the former minister of health and social services in Nunavut, took when he resigned over a liquor store opening up in Iqaluit before there were adequate treatment services offered.
We need a government here in the Yukon that is willing to work with the communities to give us want we need… not what they think we need. I’m proud that my Teslin people are standing up for the long term good of our entire little community. Because this isn’t just a community to us… it’s our home!
Duane Gastant’ Aucoin