James Smith Cree Nation chief calls for drug treatment centres in wake of knife attacks – CBC

Sep 11, 2022

Crystal meth addiction is rampant in community, support needed, leaders say

The chief of James Smith Cree Nation and other Indigenous leaders are calling on the provincial and federal governments to fund on-reserve addiction treatment centres following the horrific stabbing rampage on the Saskatchewan First Nation and neighbouring town of Weldon.

“We’ve got to protect our community, fight against drugs and alcohol,” James Smith Chief Wally Burns told reporters at a news conference Thursday.

Rob Head, chief of the Peter Chapman Band — one of three nations that make up James Smith Cree Nation — told CBC News some of his own family members are addicted to crystal meth and require facilities for long-term treatment.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/james-smith-cree-nation-chief-drug-treatment-centres-knife-attacks-1.6578243

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