AFN National Chief Supports Manitoba First Nations in Call for Action on Recurring Flood Problems

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 found at:
http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/11-04-04_afn_2001_federal_election_priorities_fe.pdf

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

SOURCE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS

For further information:

Don Kelly, AFN A/Communications Director 613-241-6789 ext. 334 or cell: 613-292-2787 or email dkelly@afn.ca

Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or email jyoung@afn.ca

Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-2920857 or email agaron@afn.ca

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