Reader asks many questions about Saugeen First Nation COVID response

To the Editor:

I have a problem and don’t know what is going on.

All news reports say that Saugeen First Nation has declared a state of emergency and a stay at home order but I just drove through the reserve on highway 21 and was disappointed to see EVERY Cannabis (pot shop) store and gas station open and lined up!

So, why are we being asked to donate money, food and items when it seems as though at Saugeen it’s business as usual?  I don’t get it.  If Saugeen people are not doing what is needed to stop this pandemic there, then why are we being asked to help?

Where is the Saugeen leadership? What is the Band Council doing? Also, where are the funds that are being donated being spent?  Who is in charge of the funds?

I don’t know what is going on? I have listened to the Chief and Doran Ritchie regarding the state of emergency.  Isn’t a state of emergency a legal obligation to follow?

Anyway, I have concerns about what is being done to help and am concerned about my name being used as I have many friends at Saugeen.

Suzanne M.
Saugeen Shores