Fourth First Nation in Manitoba declares state of emergency

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative reporter The Chemawawin Cree Nation (CCN) is the fourth First Nation community to declare a state of emergency since the start of this year, as CCN leaders said they are dealing with an ongoing crisis of violence that includes the recent killing of a 14-year-old girl. Last week, CCN Chief Clarence Easter and the community’s band council said in a notice they have declared a state of emergency in the community located 450 kilomeres north of Winnipeg and are putting in new guidelines that residents must follow or face punishments that could include being evicted from their homes, or possibly banished from the community. Council said they were forced to take action due to increased violence and illegal activity. Last week, RCMP confirmed that…

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