Manitoba Indigenous leaders call for better access to addictions treatment, culturally appropriate supports, care

 By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Indigenous leaders in Manitoba say they continue to call for more action to help Indigenous people and communities deal with addictions issues, and they want to see more done to ensure that Indigenous people in need of support can access culturally appropriate supports and care. In a Thursday media release, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Cathy Merrick said AMC is concerned about the results of a recent report by the Auditor General of Manitoba, which states that in northern areas of the province and in many remote First Nations communities, residents often lack access to appropriate addictions treatment services. Merrick said the report and its results show that there needs to be a “comprehensive” plan created in Manitoba to deal with…

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