The lost have been found!
Donald Sialstiak , Cherie Orlias, and Frank Junior T’selie were found alive and well in Edmonton on Tuesday.
T’selie’s mother Bella in Fort Good Hope explains how they lost contact.
“They were all running into a rough time trying to get work and doing a lot of walking. They were just exhausted after being turned away from working at this construction site,” said T’selie.
The three have been looking for work in Edmonton since July. Bella is hoping their is more information available for youth like her son who are trying to advance their work outside the NWT.
“In the Sahtu we really need to think about some support or bridge system to help our people out in the city. They dont know the tools they could be using,” she further explained.
The region’s MLA agrees. Danny McNeely told CKLB there needs to be better communication between students applying for school down South and the leadership.
“It’s not only using this situation, we have to show the whole region is behind all five communities and that the land claim is behind our students. We need more communication and action plans. The mandate is in our landclaim between SSI and the GNWT to work together to strengthen supports in place so that the community is standing behind the student,” McNeely told CKLB.
McNeely says as a regional leader he is planning a trip to Fort Smith to meet and talk with students from the Sahtu, and find out what challenges or gaps exist with education programs.
For now the three in Edmonton continue their job search.