FSIN: Province Must Step Up to Help Buffalo River
(Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatoon SK) – The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Executive is calling on the Provincial Government and RCMP to ramp up efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19 on the Buffalo River Dene Nation in northern Saskatchewan. The community is battling the quick spread of the deadly virus due to the lack of public health orders and restrictions in place and enforcement by the RCMP to ensure those who test positive stay in isolation and the gatherings stop before the numbers are uncontrollable.
“Chief Elmer Campbell and his health staff are running out of options and the death of our most vulnerable could increase unless reinforcements are brought in by the Province and RCMP to enforce rules to keep COVID-19 numbers from continuing to climb. We support his calls for action and are calling on Premier Scott Moe to help immediately” says FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “We understand that many community members are frustrated and facing ‘COVID Fatigue’ but we must come together to ensure our vulnerable community members are safe. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated immediately and continue to follow safety protocols like wearing a mask, practicing ceremony safely and isolating if you’ve tested positive to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
“We are doing all that we can to support of Chief Elmer Campbell and his staff who are working around the clock to help contain this COVID-19 outbreak but more must be done” says Meadow Lake Tribal Council Tribal Chief Richard Ben. “They need more health support staff and they also need the RCMP to step in to enforce health and safety protocols to ensure gatherings are stopped and COVID-19 is taken seriously. We encourage anyone who can get vaccinated to do so immediately and to continue to wear a mask and isolate if you’ve tested positive. It’s going to take a coordinated and collaborative effort to get this outbreak under control before it continues to spread.”
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
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