A group of Tseshaht youth learned an unexpected lesson on a recent trip to Edmonton.
The group was part of the Young Entrepreneurship Symposium, an annual event considered the top Aboriginal Youth Program in Canada.
After listening to scientists, athletes, and the most successful Aboriginal business-people in Canada, the 19 to 30 year old specially-selected participants from across the country celebrated.
At the end of the 3-day event, many of the 140 participants went out after the closing banquet to celebrate and say goodbye to the friends they made.
4 women in the group passed out, and were taken to hospital after it’s believed someone in the nightclub spiked their drinks.
Former Tseshaht Chief Councillor Hugh Braker was in Edmonton at the event, and was proud of how the young people responded to get the girls to safety.
He said culprits will often put Rohypnol in unguarded drinks and then rob and sexually assault the women once they pass out.
Braker says it’s important for people to keep a close watch on their drinks in nightclubs and bars, and have a sober friend with you.
He said Edmonton Police are investigating the incident.