7 Manitoba First Nations declare state of emergency amid Drug Crisis.




The 7 First Nations that make up the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council have declared a state of emergency due to a drug crisis that has driven an increasing crime rate.

First Nations made the declaration to raise awareness about the rise in drug abuse among their communities, including the use of opioids, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

Concerned about its impact now on children and newborns , the community leaders say though drug abuse has been an ongoing issue for years, said it’s only getting worse.

Winnipeg police said they’ve blocked drugs from getting in and out of the city, and members of the RCMP attended the council’s meeting.The chiefs have pledged to work with police in preventing drugs from coming into communities and exile band members who are caught selling drugs.