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We just watched it burn’: Shamattawa can’t fight blazes without working fire truck, chief says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 7, 201749 Views

Chief Jeffrey Napaokesik says First Nation has to wait for winter road to send truck for repairs

Dec 07, 2017

If a fire breaks out in Shamattawa First Nation, community members and leaders say there is little they can do but watch it burn.

The isolated northern Manitoba First Nation, 745 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, has been repeatedly ravaged by arsons but has had no operational fire truck or hall since September.

“It’s very, very concerning,” Chief Jeffrey Napaokesik told CBC News. “Recently we had a house that was not occupied, it was boarded up and someone lit a fire inside and … we just couldn’t do anything. We just watched it burn.”

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