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Tribes members gather in friendship to address violence
Community togetherness is currently needed among Cowichan Tribes members.
That seemed to be the common goal of organizers and visitors to a barbecue Wednesday held at the southside of Duncan.
The 'Community Concerns' gathering put on by Tribes justice coordinator Calvin Swustus (Swutth'tus) and new community safety coordinator Angela Underwood, saw folks from the Mulaqw Road and surrounding Boys Road area join to share some grub and chat about current situations.
Organizers also hoped to sign up volunteers to establish a Block Watch Safety Program on the street as well hear personal concerns about recent reports of violence.
"The main interest is to gather the community's concerns and the surveys," said Underwood Wednesday of surveys she conducted handed out to all members living in the neighbourhood asking for resident's opinions on community violence.
The barbecue was the first of what will likely be many steps after two reports this past July of violent home invasions in the area.
Police have been working on both cases and six young adults have been charged in relation to those crimes.
But developing feelings of safety and security in the neighbourhood is now Tribes top priority, said Underwood.
"There are quite a lot of thing we'd like to look at," Swustus said Wednesday at the shindig motioning towards a set of security cameras installed a couple years ago. "We might look into more cameras down the road."
He also noted folk's concerns with having a bar (Southside Inn) located so closely to the area as well as a liquor store.
"That's not healthy for the community but it's there," he said of the pub. "There have been many little issues like this popping up among people."