First Nation declares state of emergency over illegal drugs

 By John Chilibeck  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter An Indigenous community in New Brunswick’s capital of Fredericton has declared a state of emergency, with the chief and council asking people on Monday evening not to gather and to keep their children at home for the next 48 hours. Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) alerted people on its Facebook page that the community was “facing escalating risks due to illegal drug activity which endangers the safety and wellbeing of our children, particularly our youth. In response we are declaring a state of emergency to access additional resources through provincial and federal programs.” The declaration was made on the heels of a big police operation on Bear Drive, a residential street in the heart of the community on Sunday night at around 7:15….

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