Manitoba considers calling in army to help northern First Nations

Manitoba’s deputy premier says he’s prepared to ask the army to help resupply isolated and northern communities.

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Manitoba’s deputy premier says he’s prepared to ask the army to help resupply isolated and northern communities.

That’s if warm weather on the prairies continues to delay building the winter road network.

Construction is already weeks behind schedule because of unseasonable temperatures.

That’s why numerous northern Manitoba First Nations have declared a state of emergency.

In the Island Lake area, no ice raods means no supplies from Ottawa to address their water crisis.

And other communities like Berens River have run out of fuel and may need to fly it in.

Manto Sipi Cree Nation did run out of diesel last month, but are expecting their fuel supply to last if cold weather allows for the roads to open.

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