Frank was an angry 17-year-old Indigenous boy who grew up in Bella Bella. Frank and some friends decided to steal some alcohol from a man in his neighbourhood. Frank was carrying a loaded gun. They assaulted the man very seriously and the community felt Frank was a dangerous young man. He was charged with assault causing bodily harm and armed robbery. This was not Frank’s first criminal offence.
People who cared about Frank felt if he went to jail, he would come back to Bella Bella worse than when he left. They were willing to try to come up with a plan that would help Frank understand his background, appreciate his culture, and turn his life around. Frank’s early home life had been unstable and probably contributed to his troubled teen years. However, this latest wrongdoing was too serious to be overlooked.