OTTAWA, April 12 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Shawn-A-in-chut Atleo stated today that he stands with the citizens of
Lake St. Martin First Nation, Little Saskatchewan and Peguis First
Nation in Manitoba in their call for action and support to address
recurring flooding problems in their communities.
"The AFN fully supports the citizens and leadership of Lake St. Martin
First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation and Peguis First
Nation," said National Chief Atleo. "This situation needs to be
resolved quickly with a sustainable solution that guarantees the safety
of the citizens, their homes and their belongings. These communities
are already grappling with difficult living conditions and health
issues caused by years of flooding. This is now a chronic, annual
problem and the people need and deserve action to prevent flooding."
Interlake First Nation of Lake St. Martin and Little Saskatchewan First
Nation are situated about 275 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Indian and
Northern Affairs Canada is working with the communities to build some
temporary clay dikes in an attempt to deal with the issue. However,
flood waters are already spilling over and adversely affecting these
communities. Peguis First Nation has issued a band council resolution
declaring a state of emergency due to flooding.
"We support the call for immediate action as a priority to protect the
people of these First Nations and deliver on sustainable, long-term
solutions," said the National Chief. "We have set this as a key
priority for all First Nations to be addressed during this election and
this situation is an unfortunate, graphic example of why our
communities need action now."
The AFN has set out four key priorities for all parties to address
during the federal election campaign. They are Affirmation, Education,
Partnerships, and Safety and Community Health. The priorities can be
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
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