Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

On nearly losing a dad to a violent attack by a brother with FASD


On January 2, 2014, my dad was attacked in his home, while resting on the couch, and beaten by my brother. I got the news late in the evening, around 11 p.m., when a doctor from the Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., hospital called me at home in Yellowknife. He said my father sustained a serious head injury and wasn't likely to live. I was told to start making funeral arrangements.

It's an unnerving thing to hear news like that. I was given little information and only after I relayed the news to my siblings did I hear that my brother, Ryan, was arrested in connection with my dad's injuries. I knew right then what happened, and strangely enough, I wasn't the least bit surprised.


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