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For immediate release
May 18, 2021
Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is issuing this statement on behalf of Chief Eric Redhead of Shamattawa First Nation in Northern Manitoba.
“Today we are announcing a state of emergency in Shamattawa First Nation,” stated Chief Redhead. “We are currently facing a suicide crisis in our community. We are calling for mental wellness supports for our community members at this time.”
Shamattawa is a remote First Nation in Northern Manitoba. The mobile crisis teams from MKO and the Keewatin Tribal Council are arriving in the community today. The First Nation has also reached out to Health Canada to access additional supports for the community.
For more information:
Melanie Ferris, Communications Officer
Email: [email protected]