First Nations to banish drug dealers

Two New Brunswick band councils are dealing with drug problems in their First Nations communities by moving to banish anyone convicted of dealing drugs.

The Tobique and Esgenoopetitj First Nations are discussing band council resolutions to try to get rid of drug dealers from their communities as has been done on First Nations in other parts of the country.

Richard Moulton, a band councillor at Tobique First Nation, told the Times and Transcript they know they have a drug problem in their community and drug dealers, so they are taking any means neccessary to protect community members by banishing them.

A funeral was held yesterday for a 35 year old Esgenoopetitj woman who died suddenly last Tuesday. The cause of death is still under investigation but family members suspect it was a drug overdose.