Drug addictions, overprescription need government help: Sask. First Nations
The recent school shooting in La Loche, Sask., are a reminder of troubled times on many First Nations. This week, chiefs from the Cote, Key and Keeseekoose First Nations near Kamsack, Sask., are citing 100 deaths in 2015 as cause for emergency.
Their message: First Nations people are dying due to homicide, suicide and drug overdoses, and the government needs to step in and help.
"You know we have methadone in our community. Over a hundred people on methadone, and we got people falling like flies of overdoses, mixing with prescription drugs [and] narcotics," said Ted Quewezance, who's senate chair with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.