The leader of a group representing First Nations communities in Manitoba say many are dangerous short of fire services, the CBC reports.
David Harper heads the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, representing northern chiefs. He says he’s gotten no response to his efforts for more services, despite the dire need:
According to statistics from fire officials, nearly a quarter of fire fatalities in Manitoba occur in First Nations communities.
The investigation followed the death of an 11-year-old boy whose remains were found in the rubble of a house that burned down on Shamattawa First Nation.
“It’s just like we’re forgotten,” says Nancy Powderhorn, director of operations in Tadoule Lake – which has no fire service at all.
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