Tiffany Thomas – Recent events on Cayuga Road have led the community into a state of confusion; finger pointing and blaming. Aside from all of that, people are missing the fact that this is a positive community-led movement. Mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons all coming together for one purpose—peace and safety for our children. There are a lot of people in this community who have been affected by drug abuse; whether it’s a family member or a friend, we’ve all experienced it. We’ve all had that helpless feeling, to where you just wish you could give them some strength. I’ve watched drugs take over souls like the Black Plague. Now the people of Six Nations have the power to create change for our kids, they are to be held at top priority in our communities and everyone needs to do what’s best for them because that’s the kind of community we are.
Six Nations people need to gather together and connect with both Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chief’s Council (HCCC) at the same time and with the same goal, protecting our children.
This is the only way positive change will come, working together in unity. SNEC and HCCC should be viewing working together on this issue as a way to achieve some sort of relationship despite any differences. They may not like each other, but they have to work together. The point of this opinion piece is to remind everyone of the big picture.
These issues don’t just happen. They happen to create change and force us to take a look at ourselves, our lives, and our community. We look at our reactions, our conversations, our perceptions, and our views of politics and social issues. We get confused because we don’t understand, and frustrated because we don’t try to.
All of these thoughts translate into one simple question, what can we REALLY do when we work as one?