State of emergency declared in First Nation over illegal drugs

By John Chilibeck  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The chief of an Indigenous community where the illegal drug trade has led to a public outcry is calling upon the province and Ottawa to provide more funding to combat the problem. Chief Allan Polchies Jr. of Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) told reporters on Tuesday afternoon he wanted his government allies and partners to step up and help, following what he described as a public protest that got out of hand Sunday night. “We don’t have those resources to bring in security, to bring in extra mental health, to bring in of course all the addictions workers, to send people away for help,” the chief said at the band office on Fredericton’s north side. “Right now we are limited. So now of…

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