First Nation in B.C. declares state of emergency over ‘unrelenting’ impact of drugs and alcohol – CBC

Feb 10, 2023

6 Ehattesaht young people have died from a membership of over 500

On the phone from his Vancouver Island home, Chief Simon John says he has no script to speak from.

But he has plenty of frustration.

The chief of Ehattesaht First Nation, along with the Nation’s council, declared a state of emergency in the community Thursday.

A statement cites the “unrelenting” impact of drugs and alcohol on Ehattesaht, along with “the intergenerational effects of residential schools and the oppression of the systems that the federal and provincial governments have created.”

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