Leaders in remote Manitoba community put in new policies, curfew to combat influx of drugs, alcohol

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Leaders in a remote northern Manitoba community are putting in strict new policies and a nightly curfew, as they desperately try to slow an influx of drugs and alcohol they say is bringing increasing violence and suffering. “We need community support to protect our children, Elders and members,” a notice released Monday by Chief and council of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation says. “We have the right to raise our families in a safe and healthy community.” TCN`s Band Council said in the notice, they are now declaring a state of emergency due to “violence and illegal activity” in the community, also commonly referred to as Split Lake, located more than 900 kilometres north of Winnipeg. With that state of emergency comes a list of…

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