Shamattawa First Nation declares state of emergency – CBC

Mar 13, 2023

2nd Manitoba First Nation to declare a state of emergency in the past week

A First Nation in northern Manitoba, recently hit by a major fire that left several families without homes, has declared a state of emergency.

Shamattawa First Nation Chief Jordna Hill has called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Winnipeg.

He will be joined by members of his council and Grand Chief Garrison Settee of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a political advocacy organization that represents 26 First Nations in northern Manitoba. The news conference will be at the MKO offices on Ellice Avenue.

Eight families in Shamattawa, about 350 kilometres southeast of Churchill and 745 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, lost their homes last week when a fire razed a multi-unit building. Everyone got out of the building safely.

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