‘Another Failing Remote Reserve’

“A remote Manitoba ‘First Nation’ has declared a state of emergency after a fire destroyed the community’s only grocery store along with its Band office
…said Shamattawa Chief Jeffrey Napaokesik. Napaokesik called it a “total loss”… 

“The chief said he is working with the manager of the community’s destroyed ‘Northern Store’, owned by the ‘North West Company’, to create an emergency food store at the reserve’s community centre…

“There is no road access to Shamattawa {a ‘nation’ of 1,426 people}. All food must be flown into the isolated community about 745 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.  Continue reading ‘Another Failing Remote Reserve’

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‘Fire Kills On Reserves’

This happens far too often on aboriginal Reserves (only last month, 9 deaths at Pikangikum). If they were simply Canadian municipalities rather than Constitutionally-segregated communities, these issues could be dealt with – and lives saved…:  

‘Fire destroys Eabametoong ‘First Nation’s community hall in northern Ontario’ Continue reading ‘Fire Kills On Reserves’