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Lack of Justice and Health Resources on the North Coast is a Prime Example of Systemic Racism in NL: Evans
“How can this Liberal government talk about reconciliation when they consistently, and I’d argue systematically, leave us without the services we desperately need,” says Evans.
Friday, July 3, 2020

Office of the Official Opposition
For Immediate Release

 

St. John’s, NL (July 3, 2020) – Lela Evans, PC Opposition MHA for Torngat Mountains and critic for Labrador and Indigenous Affairs, is shining a light on the systemic racism and inequalities in government decision making for the North Coast of Labrador.

Evans says, “Many of my constituents have suffered intergenerational trauma at the hands of colonization. The lack of resources available to the communities of the North Coast with regards to transportation, energy, and food security are widely known.”

Evans is now drawing attention to the lack of police enforcement and nursing services.

“How can this Liberal government talk about reconciliation when they consistently, and I’d argue systematically, leave us without the services we desperately need,” says Evans.

Evans has been particularly frustrated over recent events in Postville where vulnerable people suffered due to the lack of community resources – including an absence of a police presence.

“The Angajukkak (Mayor) and I received a commitment from the Department of Justice and Public Safety last year that the police presence would be restored in the community of Postville – as it stands now, this has not occurred. This issue is too important for us to remain silent,” says Evans.

Evans added, “We only have 1 nurse in Postville. If she needs to respond to a medical emergency, she doesn’t have law enforcement support and could be put into an incredibly dangerous situation. As a result, we have a problem with recruiting health professionals because of this.”

“I believe if this wasn’t an indigenous community located in northern Labrador, Justice and Public Safety would have fixed this problem by now,” concluded Evans.

 

Contacts:

Bradley Russell

Director of Policy and Research

(p) 1.709.729.3668

BradleyRussell@gov.nl.ca

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