Message From the Chief – March 27 2024

MFTC March 27 2024


I hope that this message finds you well and enjoying some sunshine as we celebrate the arrival of spring.  At this time for new beginnings, and as the Interim Chief of Qalipu First Nation, I feel compelled to address a pressing concern that affects not only our community but countless others: the negative impact of social media lateral violence. In recent times, we’ve witnessed an alarming rise in online behaviours that cause division, perpetuate harm, and threaten our interconnectedness.

It is disheartening to observe how social media platforms, designed to foster communication and unity, have become breeding grounds for toxicity and negativity. This careless behaviour especially impacts vulnerable populations; our youth, elders, and those already marginalized, bear the brunt of this virtual onslaught. Lateral violence, in all its forms – be it cyberbullying, character assassination, or spreading false information – takes a heavy toll on mental health, self-esteem, and the bonds that bind us as a community.

I ask that each of us pause and reflect: Is this the best use of our time? Are we utilizing the power of our digital platforms to uplift, empower, and advocate for one another? Or are we allowing ourselves to be consumed by petty disputes that ultimately serve no purpose but to hurt?

It is time to prioritize compassion, empathy, and solidarity in our online interactions. Let us use our voices not to tear each other down but to build each other up. Let us leverage the vast potential of social media to amplify underrepresented voices, celebrate diversity, and foster a culture of inclusivity.

Furthermore, our time could be better spent engaging in meaningful dialogue, advocating for social justice, and addressing the pressing issues that affect our communities. By channelling our energies into constructive endeavours, we can effect real change and create a brighter, more equitable future for generations to come.

Together, we have the power to shape a world where every individual feels valued, heard, and respected. We must strive to leave behind words that we are proud of, that lift each other, for our children and grandchildren to remember us by.



Interim Chief Jenny Brake