As a Metis person, I find it offensive that Premier Moe only sent his ministers to talk with Tristen Durocher during his 44-day quest in Regina. I am disappointed that he did not bother to go and meet this young man who is flagging a worthy cause and acting in a peaceful, respectful way. I do understand that the Premier would not want to encourage tepee-building on the legislature lawn. However, a mediating gesture, perhaps of meeting in a different location, would not have been difficult. Good will goes a long way and there was no good will extended to Tristen during his 44-day quest. Tristen really left empty-handed, with a confirmation that Regina is a long way from the North and that Premier Moe is untouched and uncaring about the great distress of suicide in the north.
Considering all the talk about reconciliation, what would it have meant to take a minute and meet this young man in person?
As a musician myself, I know how hard it can be to supply music for the funerals in our community. Tristen would have seen a lot of heartbreak and could have given some inside information about suicide in his community and the surrounding communities.
I hope the Premier can fly to La Ronge and meet Tristen in the future.