I am very disappointed with the outcome of the meeting regarding Eddie Skookum.
I am ashamed because the community obviously is not ready for change.
We submitted a petition with 67 names, but it was ignored.
We were not able to give our reasons for proving Skookum was unfit to be a leader. It just seems those who support him are not taking into consideration that he was charged in Alaska and sentenced and on two-year probation.
He stated six First Nation chiefs backed him. I wonder what their people think about them backing someone who was jailed and intoxicated and beat his girlfriend to the point of unconscious.
We never had a say at all. Our supporters were all not in attendance, his were, along with their children.
We are going to seek legal advice regarding the petition.
If others did care, they would continue to stand behind us and say, “No, we want full election.” But it seems like we are alone.
Skookum did not conduct himself in a professional manner. He apologized, yes, but it does not change what he did.
He challenged someone to chief position. If he is confident, why did he not follow through with his words and resign?
If he believes people will still vote for him, then why not prove it to the world Ã resign and go for the challenge.
As long as he remains in office I know for a fact that I will not be considered for jobs there. This was proven already Ã I applied and was not hired, even though I know that I was very qualified.
I just hope people can see that just 30 days of treatment is not good enough.
I am shunned in my own community because of my speaking against violence against women and children.
How can he think he can lead people and be impartial when his dislike for people is obvious?
If any members living in Whitehorse or Carmacks want to sign the petition, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will not be silenced till God closes my eyes. I am going to fight for all women and children victimized by violence, till Skookum is removed from office.
Love me, hate me Ã it does not matter. I am standing on my own truth and will not give up.
To those who support me, please continue the fight with me. In unity we will succeed.