Northern Manitoba First Nations declare state of emergency over poor winter roads

WINNIPEG- Chiefs from four northern Manitoba First Nations say they have declared a state of emergency because unseasonably warm weather has led to the failing of the winter road network they depend upon for vital goods and services. Grand Chief Scott Harper with a council representing the four First Nations, says their immediate focus is on expediting delivery of essential goods to safeguard the health, safety and well-being of residents. Harper called on the provincial and federal governments to meet with representatives from St. Theresa Point, Wasagamack, Garden Hill and Red Sucker Lake. Grand Chief Cathy Merrick of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says the state of emergency is the “direct outcome of a legacy of inaction from governments to ensure First Nations have equitable access to goods, services and…

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