Maskwacis Nation in Alberta declares state of emergency – APTN News

March 24, 2020

The four First Nations that make up the Maskwacis community in Alberta have declared a state of emergency due to their proximity to Edmonton and Alberta.

Leaders from Samson, Erminskin, Louis Bull and Montana want financial aid from the federal government to get testing kits, supplies and housing assistance.

They’re using the famine and pestilence clause from Treaty 6 which was signed in 1876.

“Our ancestors knew these days are coming and we overcame many obstacles so that we could stand here today,” said Marlene Poitras, Alberta regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. “They made sure the clause would be there in time of great need, and that time is now.

“It is incumbent upon the Crown, the other partner, to act with honour and to come to the support of Nations.”

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