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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-12,Lethbridge, Alberta Claims welfare injustice Rose Auger, a 35-year-old Cree Indian, stands in the doorway of her home at Faust where she IS trying to break a poverty cycle perpetuated by what she Cdiis an unjust welfare administration Two friends check a freshly-kiHed moose in the foreground.Cree Indian alleges welfare woes By KATHERINE KENNEDY FAUST, Alta. (CP) - Rose Auger, a 35-year-old Cree Indian, is trying to break a long cycle of poverty, perpetuated by what she calls an unjust welfare administration on the Driftpile reserve and in her nearby hometown of Faust, 150 miles northwest of Edmonton. The cycle encompasses four suicides in one family, families tripling up in houses with one wood-buming stove, melting snow for washing and long trips to a freezing outhouse, she says Announcing OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, January 15th—9:00 a.m. View the NEW 1974 CHRYSLERS and    - Plymouths At Your tlew Dealership EQUIPPED TO HANDLE ALL YOUR MOTORING NEEDS - MECHANICAL, PARTS AND SERVICE I DOOB PRIMS I \jOHN DEER^ attend Farming Frontiers Farming Frontiers 74—the year's most outstanding farm-oriented film program—is coming your way. See the latest in agricultural developments, and new John Deere Tractors and equipment. These films were made in many parts of the U.S. and Canada. Be sure to come. Tuesday, January 15th — 7:30 p.m. K&D IMPLEMENTS LTD. Cardaton, Albwta PhOMK eU'9724, tS3-3M6 But when you protest ‘‘you have to have a back of steel because everyone’s on it.” Alex Jenkins, superintendent of social services for the Indian affairs department at High Prairie, Alta., said in an interview “Mrs. Auger and her friends are a group of unstable individua s trying to use power tactics. They have no official representation. ... The Drift-pile band council has dissociated itself from them.” John Faulkner, an Edmonton lawyer and legal adviser for student legal services retained by Mrs. Auger in December to investigate welfare grievances, said “welfare is not being administered humanely." “There is a tremendous disparity in payments." But few people protest because most of them “are convinced there’s nothing they can do," he said. "If they make waves they think they’ll (;et less Mr. Jenkins said he realizes welfare payments are “not adequate,” but would be increased Feb. 1 when adults wilt receive f44 a month for food, an increase of fl4, and $14 for clothing, an increase of $4 for women and $6 for men. Bob Maxwell, director of re-gi<Hial offices for the provincial social services department, said some complaints had been directed against government social woricers when, in fact, the native people “were concerned about the program itself rather than the individual.” Mr. Maxwell said government representatives have talked to the local people, explaining that they can file appeals if they feel welfare payments are inadequate DON’T UNDERSTAND But Mrs. Auger said bureaucratic procedures such as ap peals are foreign to the Indian people. Instead, she is trying to put pressure on governments to recognize the poverty in the area on the southern shore of Lesser Slave Lake, inhabited by a mixture of Indians, Metis and whites. She registered a short-term victory last month when Grant Notley, provincial NDP leader, asked Neil Crawford, health and social development minister, in the legislature about a tense meeting held in November between natives and welfare officials at High Prairie. During the November meet-mg, Mrs. Auger and two representatives of the Edmonton chapter of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) presented Mr. Jenkins with a list of demands “We wanted the removal of the federal social workers for one from the native community who knows our problems,” said Mrs Auger. “We wanted immediate housing, such as trailers, for families who had to triple up in small houses, and an ambulance.” The ambulance was for the 35-mile trip to hospitals either m High Prairie or Slave Lake. '“But they weren’t ev«n hearing wbat we were saying,” she said. "They were just sitting there wondering when to call the police.” *'We were going to so in and take one of the officials if they wouldn’t do anything” but the A.I.M. people, who have since left the area, “didn’t give the signal to 20 or 30 people outside.” Mr. Jenkins said later he couldn’t “remember anything significant’! about the demands. Both Mrs. Auger and Mr. Faulkner believe the problem IS more far-reaching than welfare grievances. “If someone happens to get a part-time job selling hay or wood, welfare starts hassling you.” said Mrs. Aura. Mr Faulkner cited the case of Peter Wabasca, who to(* a number of men fishing and earned $600. After paying the men and renting the necessary equipment, he netted between $16 and $20, said Mr, Faulkner. TAKEN TO COURT When the money was not reported to welfare, Mr. Wabasca was taken to court and although the case was dismissed, welfare officials are taking the entire $600 out of Mr. Wabasca’s cheque, said Mr. Faulkner. Melanie Ward, 59, the widow of a former Driftpile reserve chief, she had to buy a used truck because she was crippled and couldn’t walk several miles to the reserve store. “But welfare told me if I could afford a truck, I could afford to pay for ray own propane," said Mrs. Ward, who is receiving $194 a month for herself and two grandchildren. But the current chief of the reserve, Eugene Laboucan, 27, said he thought “everyone was being treated fair.” D. D. C. DEFENSIVS DRIVING COURSE STARTS TUESDAY, JAN. IStti Call . . . 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WRIGHTS CAKE MIX Davila Food, White, Chocolate, Spice, Yellow 19 oz. net wt. pkg...... 2189 PINEAPPLE JUICE Laiani Hawaiian Unsweetened 48fl.oz.tin .... 311 00 ORANGE CRYSTALS Empress Pkg. of 5—3 % oz. net wt. pkg*...... 77«ALL PURPOSE FLOUR Harveat Blossom White Paper Bag ..... 2011 99 CUT UP FOWL Tastee Brand Frozen Tray Pack, ib. 45 FRESH VEGETABLES flutabagas, B.C. Cabbage, Canada No. 1 Your Choice, ib. 10 « MILD CHEDDAR CHEESE Beat Buy Safeway Price, Ib. 99 We RtMrv* The RioM To UmH OuantMe«. SAFEWAY CANADA SAFKWAY L.IMITED ■-s Y- iíñhyH ;