Darlene Necan and the cry for a better Ontario
On November 9th, Darlene Necan captivated the crowd at West Hill that had gathered to share sandwiches and hear her story. On December 1st, that story went national with coveragy by Reg Sherren of CBC's The National. You can read his moving contribution to her unfolding story here, Reg Sherren Encounters Homelessness and Hunger.
It is essential that we make Darlene's case one that draws the attention of Ontario's provincial government in an effort to have the fines orders placed on her as the result of her building a home on her ancestral land removed. Here are some ways you can do that, drawn up by Steve Watson, one of the principal movers and shakers in West Hill's First Nations' Study Group. If you watched the news segment, you will have seen him speak passionately about Darlene and her situation.
Please call, write, or email the Premier's office and the offices of he Ministry of Natural Resources. The telephone numbers, email addresses and electronic links to Premier Wynne’s office are below. Telephone calls would be best. Emails, second best. There’s also a feature at the Premier’s website where people can send her a personal message. It’s called CONTACT KATHLEEN. We should have hundreds of people lined up to do just that. Steve drafted a message to save you some time. It could look something like this: