Grandmothers form alliance against drug trade on Manitoulin – CBC

Fear for safety forces grandparents in First Nation community to raise their grandchildren

May 29, 2017

Marion Peltier has been a mother for two generations.

The grandmother from Wikwemikong First Nation, Ont., says she is raising her grandchildren to keep them safe.

“Us grandmothers don’t really have freedom to live our own lives because there’s fear for our grandchildren,” says Peltier.

“They’re scared and we have to support our children.”

Peltier is part of Wikwemikong Grandmothers, a group first formed in 2012, after the members realized people were coming from outside the community, supplying drugs and getting locals to sell them.

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