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iPolitics AM: Morneau to preview pandemic spending plan during virtual finance committee meeting – iPolitics

Apr 2, 2020 ALSO TODAY: Champagne talk COVID-19 with NATO counterparts — Parliamentary budget office releases new cost estimates on pandemic response A day after unveiling the preliminary details of the multibillion dollar wage subsidy plan that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is billing as “the largest economic program in Canada’s history,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau […]

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Kugluktuk MLA resigns from Nunavut legislative assembly – Nunatsiaq News

1 April 2020 Mila Kamingoak will give up her seat on April 3 Mila Kamingoak, MLA for Kugluktuk, will be resigning from her seat in the legislative assembly on April 3, according to a Government of Nunavut news release sent out late in the day on Tuesday, March 31. Kamingoak won the Kugluktuk riding in […]

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Freeland says First Nations, remote communities need special attention – The Globe and Mail

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Treaty No. 6 Grand Chief Statement: Treaty No. 6 Chiefs call on the Federal Government to oblige on the promise of the Crown to the Treaty No. 6 People

March 31, 2020 We are resilient. Our Ceremonies and Traditional Medicines have a major influence in our resiliency. We acknowledge our Traditions and give thanks to Nikawîynân Askîy (Mother Earth) for what she provides. However, we understand that historically First Nations People across Turtle Island have had high mortality rates with pandemics. Small Pox, Tuberculosis, […]

by ahnationtalk on April 1, 202041 Views

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Protecting First Nations in the Time of COVID-19: MKO Continues to Advocate for Northern Manitoba

March 31, 2020 Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is issuing this media release to provide an update on issues that are being addressed in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic for First Nations in Northern Manitoba. MKO has grouped the issues into three main themes: protecting First Nations; infrastructure; as […]

by ahnationtalk on April 1, 202022 Views

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MLA for Kugluktuk resigns from the Legislative Assembly

IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 31, 2020) – Mila Kamingoak, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Kugluktuk, has declared her decision to resign her seat as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, effective April 3, 2020. Pursuant to the Legislative Assembly and Executive Council Act, Ms. Kamingoak formally informed the Speaker of her decision by […]

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You Said It: All connected by breath – Ottawa Sun

As of March 23, the global estimates were that just under 14,000 people had died from COVID-19. Almost 4,000 people die every day of tuberculosis. While the ever-growing fear of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is alarming, it raises other concerns for me as an epidemiologist whose research focuses on tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day […]

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iPolitics AM: After last-minute delay, Morneau once again set to reveal details of wage subsidy plan – iPolitics

Apr 1, 2020 ALSO TODAY: Scheer speaks with reporters in Regina — Banking watchdog holds COVID-19 briefing For the second day in a row, Canadian businesses are waiting for Finance Minister Bill Morneau to roll out the details of his government’s plan to offer temporary wage subsidies to companies facing COVID-19-related revenue losses of at […]

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Indigenous Canadians concerned about racist backlash over Wet’suwet’en rail blockades

Credit: Global News As tensions continue to rise from the nationwide railway blockades and Wet’suwet’en protests, some Indigenous Canadians say they continue to experience a backlash as examples of racism against Indigenous people have been mounting in recent weeks. As Heather Yourex-West reports, the discrimination and hate they endure is far from new.

by pmnationtalk on March 31, 202058 Views

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CAP: Favoritism in COVID-19 Indigenous Funding Will Cost Lives

March 31, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – The announcement of Indigenous COVID-19 funding shows with the stroke of a pen that the Trudeau government has written off hundreds of thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from receiving adequate help in this time of need. “The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples denounces this biased allocation of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 202023 Views

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Statement – Inequality amplified by COVID-19 crisis

“Governments across Canada are now moving with exceptional speed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The unprecedented measures being put in place to protect our health, safety and security go beyond what most of us could have ever imagined. “While social distancing, self-isolation, and quarantining are essential to flattening the curve, we must recognize that […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 202054 Views

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Arctic Council: Long-term observations are an inherent process in our communities

Dr. Dalee Sambo Dorough is the Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and she is one of the keynote speakers of the 2020 Arctic Observing Summit – a conference that has been moved entirely to the digital realm due to the covid-19 outbreak. Dr. Dorough’s address thus has been prerecorded for attendees participating from […]

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 202021 Views

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Carbon pricing not going anywhere, Trudeau says – National Observer

March 31st 2020 The federal price on pollution isn’t going anywhere during the COVID-19 crisis, says Canada’s prime minister, because fighting climate change remains a priority even during a pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said he will have more information soon about the Trans Mountain pipeline, as fears are raised in B.C. of possible […]

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Morning Brief: Military prepared to help authorities respond to COVID-19 pandemic – iPolitics

Mar 31, 2020 Good morning, readers. The federal government has mobilized 24,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces — nearly one-quarter of all regular and reserve members — to help provincial and municipal authorities who may need support during the COVID-19 pandemic with everything from delivering supplies to assisting civilian authorities enforcing quarantine orders. So […]

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Trudeau hints at federal support for Canadian workers afflicted with COVID-19

Credit: The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted the federal government will provide assistance to Canadians who cannot work because of COVID-19. The comment came during question period Tuesday as the Opposition Conservatives demanded more action to stop the spread of the virus that causes the respiratory illness. (March 10, 2020.)

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Open Letter: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project Must be Halted Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Hajdu, Premier Horgan, and Minister Dix, We urge you to act swiftly to protect the public’s health from the heightened risks of COVID-19 transmission posed by ongoing construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. Most vulnerable to the spread will be frontline healthcare workers, project workers, and local Indigenous and […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202044 Views

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Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak Calls for Gendered Lens in COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

OTTAWA, ON., Friday, March 30, 2020 – Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak’s (LFMO) is calling for additional resources to ensure that a gendered lens is used in implementing the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, has announced $305 million will be allocated to Indigenous-specific funding, with $215 for […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202041 Views

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First Nations Call For Massive Resource Projects to Be Shut Down During Pandemic – VICE

The coronavirus “actually reminded me of first contact when we didn’t have disease and it was brought to us—like smallpox.” Mar 30 2020 Nestled in the Peace River Valley in northeast British Columbia, almost 900 workers continue construction on BC Hydro’s Site C megadam project, which will generate enough energy to power about 450,000 houses […]

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Nunatsiavut: Election for President postponed amid concerns over COVID-19

After consulting with and receiving consensus from members of the Nunatsiavut Assembly, First Minister Tyler Edmunds announced today that the election for President of Nunatsiavut, scheduled for May 5, 2020, has been postponed until October 6, 2020. “It is important that the election for President be held and that it is properly conducted in accordance […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202076 Views

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AIAI: $305 Million to First Nations Communities not nearly Enough

London, Ontario Mar 28th, 2020 – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic Canada has allocated nearly $100 billion in its economic response plan to assist the country. For the Indigenous population they have set aside $305 million for Community Support, however, that amount is not going to be nearly enough for the Indigenous peoples to protect themselves […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202022 Views

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COVID-19 Crisis Forces Postponement of Métis National Council General Assembly

March 27, 2020 Given the danger and practical impossibility of convening meetings during the COVID-19 crisis, Métis National Council (MNC) President Clément Chartier today informed Members of the MNC General Assembly that the MNC General Assembly anticipated for the end of April, 2020 will be postponed. An alternative date will be set once the health […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202022 Views

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Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 congratulates Gerald Lewis on his re-election as Chief of Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent Nation

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 congratulates Chief Gerald Lewis of Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent Nation on his re-election for a third term this past Thursday. “Chief Lewis has been a strong advocate for his community,” said Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. “I am certain that with his re-election we can continue to work together to […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202033 Views

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Makivik Corp.: Suspension of Income Tax Program extended to April 6th

March 27, 2020 – Kuujjuaq , Nunavik – The suspension of the Nunavik Volunteer Income Tax Program has been extended to April 6th. This extension will allow us to get the necessary protective gear to our tax agents in each community. Considering the high global demand for items like masks, latex gloves and hand sanitizer, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202023 Views

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Morning Brief: Officials prepare makeshift hospitals for COVID-19 patients – iPolitics

Mar 30, 2020 Good morning, readers. Canadian provincial and municipal leaders are preparing makeshift hospitals to house COVID-19 patients in the event the pandemic overwhelms existing hospital capacity. The move comes as countries in Europe and states like New York have commandeered vast spaces normally reserved for conferences or sporting events to house the thousands […]

by ahnationtalk on March 30, 202062 Views

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Letter to Premier Pallister from MMF regarding Manitoba Hydro Bill Moratorium

March 27, 2020 Dear Premier Pallister, Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation and publicly-owned by the Manitoba Government as its shareholder and therefore, as many would contend, it is owned by the People of Manitoba. The Manitoba Government apparently believes, given your statements and actions, and those of your government officials, that it can direct […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202096 Views

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First Nations can now delay elections during COVID-19 pandemic, says federal minister – CBC

Federal officials had previous warned First Nations a delay would create a “governance gap” Mar 27, 2020 First Nations which postpone their elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be penalized by the federal government, as some had feared. “I think this is a constructive change. It’s unfortunate it didn’t happen sooner,” said University […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202031 Views

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GCT#3: Provincial and Federal Governments Announce COVID-19 Response Packages

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 Wednesday the Ontario Government unveiled its Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. The $17 billion package includes $7 billion in new spending and $10 billion in tax breaks and deferrals designed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. The package includes the following: In Health care: $935 million in additional funding […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202033 Views

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Indigenous Services Canada Seeks to Re-Assure Communities Over COVID-19 Response – Net Newsledger

March 27, 2020 OTTAWA – “We have taken immediate, significant and decisive action to First Nations, Inuit and Métis in preparing for and addressing needs related to COVID-19. These measures are the product of vital discussions with Indigenous leaders and communities across Canada. This new Indigenous Community Support Fund will further support First Nations, Inuit […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202031 Views

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Important Update on MMF Citizenship Services and Harvesting Season

March 27, 2020 Dear Premier Pallister, Manitoba Hydro is a Crown Corporation and publicly-owned by the Manitoba Government as its shareholder and therefore, as many would contend, it is owned by the People of Manitoba. The Manitoba Government apparently believes, given your statements and actions, and those of your government officials, that it can direct […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202025 Views

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Alexco Closes $8.6 Million Common Share Public Offering

March 27, 2020 – Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE AMERICAN: AXU; TSX: AXU) (“Alexco” or the “Company”) announces that it has closed the previously announced over-night marketed public offering (the “Offering”) of common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”), with a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Cormark Securities Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corporation as […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202030 Views

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Kashechewan asks PM to send in military as flood season approaches with COVID-19 preventing evacuations – APTN News

March 27, 2020 The chief of Kashechewan First Nation in northern Ontario has asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to send in Canadian Military engineers to help protect the community as the flood season fast approaches. Chief Leo Friday wrote Trudeau Mar. 20 requesting the help as he suspects it’s just a matter of weeks before […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202082 Views

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Manitoba Government Delays End of Birth Alerts Due to COVID-19 Pandemic – ChrisD.ca

March 27, 2020 WINNIPEG — Manitoba says it is delaying an end to a practice that allows hospitals to notify child-welfare agencies about new mothers who are deemed to be high risk. Families Minister Heather Stefanson says the province is intent on responding to the spread of COVID-19 and now is not the time to […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202024 Views

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Today’s letters: In era of COVID-19, don’t forget Indigenous people in our jails – Ottawa Citizen

Help the jailed Indigenous population Governments at all levels have been handling the COVID-19 crisis quite well, but one area may have been overlooked. Canadian jails are seriously overcrowded, the proportion of Indigenous inmates is very high, and they suffer from poorer health than average Canadians. When COVID-19 hits the prisons, the effects on them […]

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Leaders detail concerns about COVID-19 impacts on Indigenous populations – CityNews Vancouver

Mar 27, 2020 OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders from across Canada say they are worried supports promised by the federal government to help First Nations, Inuit and Metis deal with the fallout of COVID-19 might not do enough to prevent the most vulnerable people from falling through the cracks. The Assembly of First Nations declared a […]

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Morning Brief: Conservative Party suspends leadership campaign – iPolitics

Good morning, readers. The Conservative Party of Canada announced late Thursday that it would be suspending its leadership campaign because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The party shared the decision made by its leadership election organizing committee on Twitter, saying it “is no longer possible to meet the deadlines necessary to process memberships and donations, or […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202024 Views

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UBCIC – Open Letter: Call for the Halting of Site C Construction Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear Premier Horgan and Minister Dix: We are writing to request that immediate action be taken to compel BC Hydro to halt all construction at Site C Dam due to the risk COVID-19 now poses to vulnerable workers and nearby Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in northeast B.C. Through UBCIC Resolution 2011-25, UBCIC highlighted the environmental […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202028 Views

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Roberta Jamieson to say farewell to Indspire

March 26, 2020. After more than 15 years of national leadership in Indigenous education, Roberta Jamieson will step aside in February 2021 as the President and CEO of Indspire, Canada’s largest Indigenous-led charity and one of the top ten charities in Canada. “I am proud of the tremendous growth and development at Indspire” says Jamieson. […]

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Addressing urgent needs in Indigenous communities related to COVID-19

From: Indigenous Services Canada March 26, 2020 — Ottawa, Algonquin territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, is and will remain a top priority for all. Canada recognizes that First Nation, Inuit and Métis are among the most vulnerable, and […]

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Canada Provides $30 million for Métis Nation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

Letter to Members of MNC General Assembly (Download PDF) NT5

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The AMC urges Provincial and Federal Governments to do more for renters

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief, Arlen Dumas, urges the Manitoba and federal governments to offer more help for First Nations and other renters. He is calling for an immediate moratorium on rent payments and utilities such as hydro, for three months (until at least June 2020) for […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202023 Views

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Canada’s Charities Make Urgent Ask of Ottawa for $10 Billion Stabilization Fund; Their Very Survival at Risk

TORONTO, March 25, 2020 — The leaders of over 150 Canadian charities have written a letter to the Government of Canada asking for urgent financial support to prevent the irreparable collapse of the sector, and their vital programs, due to the COVID-19 crisis. Canada’s charities are a critical  part of the Canadian economy, contributing more […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202053 Views

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Rosemary Ganley: This federal government is competent – ThePeterboroughExaminer.com

We Canadians have been rocked by three unrelated shocks this year, Rosemary Ganley writes. This article might well be called a “counter-column.” Much heavy criticism has been directed at federal leadership in recent days, some of it from legitimate sources, but then again, much more in nasty, hateful, anonymous posts on social media (is that […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202023 Views

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Morning Brief: Unresolved front line worker equipment issue worrying Ontario health professionals – iPolitics

Mar 26, 2020 Good morning, readers. Despite repeated assurances from the federal and provincial governments, front line health care workers in Ontario are growing increasingly wary of a dwindling supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Just three days after teaming with Ontario’s doctors to urge both levels of government of the need to replenish front […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202057 Views

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A huge health risk’: First Nations pressured to hold elections amid COVID-19 pandemic, say experts – CBC

Federal government email instructs First Nations to bring own pencils, keep distance from elders Mar 26, 2020 First Nations are being pressured by the federal government to hold elections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, say legal experts and band officials. One Saskatchewan First Nation is going ahead Friday despite pleas from its own […]

by ahnationtalk on March 26, 202059 Views

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First Nation leaders say $305M not enough as MPs greenlight COVID-19 relief measures – APTN News

March 25, 2020 The House of Commons has passed a bill that greenlights the government’s $82-billion COVID-19 economic relief package but according to a letter sent to the government by Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), the money set aside for Indigenous communities won’t be enough. “I think that money is going to run […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202041 Views

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The COVID-19 Emergency Response Act Receives Royal Assent

From: Department of Finance Canada News release The Government of Canada is taking strong, immediate and effective action to protect Canadians and our economy from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bill C-13, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, today received Royal Assent, guaranteeing the rapid implementation and administration of measures to protect Canadians’ health […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202039 Views

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Death of an inmate from Stony Mountain Institution

From: Correctional Service Canada March 24, 2020 – Stony Mountain, Manitoba – Correctional Service Canada On March 24, 2020, Patrick Eaglestick, an inmate from Stony Mountain Institution, died while in our custody. At the time of his death, Mr. Eaglestick, 25 years old, had been serving a sentence of two years and one day for […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202033 Views

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Emergency $100B COVID-19 bill passed; monies coming in April: Morneau – CityNews Winnipeg

An emergency federal bill to give the government billions of dollars to spend to help anxious workers, families and employers cope with COVID-19 is now law. Gov. Gen. Julie Payette signed the bill at 12:18 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, after both the House of Commons and Senate issued speedy approvals earlier in the day. The […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202033 Views

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Ontario Regional Chief Archibald Supports AFN’s Call for a COVID-19 State of Emergency

(Toronto, ON, March 24, 2020) – Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald supported the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) motion yesterday which led to the COVID-19 Declaration of a State of Emergency for First Nations across the country. Many First Nations across Canada have already declared a State of Emergency, with some closing their borders and […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202047 Views

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Eskasoni state of emergency working well: Chief – CTV News

March 25, 2020 HALIFAX — A self-imposed state of emergency of Nova Scotia’s Eskasoni First Nation has been working well so far, says the band’s chief. On Monday, Eskasoni First Nation Chief Leroy Denny and his council declared a state of emergency within the band of 4500 members. Denny says, so far, people are responding […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202034 Views

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