MP Niki Ashton delivered a Members Statement in the House of Commons this week honoring three children who died last month…..
“I rise to celebrate the lives of Keethan Lobster, Matthew Moore-Spence and Terrence Spence. These beautiful bright 13 and 11 years old boys from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation who died on April 28 like so many kids cycling , enjoying the first days of warmer weather when they were struck by a drunk driver.
Unlike so many other kids they faced challenges all too common on First Nations . Not just the gravel road with no lighting.
Keethan’s mum committed suicide a year ago. His grandmother had raised him since then in a trailer that was home to 18 people.
Keethan had a dream. His last words to his Uncle Curtis Lobster were “I am going to graduate from college like you uncle.'
In Canada one of the wealthiest countries in the world ..in 2018 we have to ask ourselves why?”
Ashton added we need to work with First Nations to build communities that kids can be safe in from bike paths to lights to roads.