North Spirit Lake First Nation declares state of emergency over drugs, water


NORTH SPIRIT LAKE, Ont. — The northern Ontario community of North Spirit Lake First Nation has declared a state of emergency.

The band sites water problems and a growing drug addiction epidemic.

Chief Caroline Keesic says the situation has led to a widespread crisis.

The band says there has been interruptions to power and water services because of a lack of personnel.

The remote Oji-Cree community northeast of Red Lake, Ont., has been suffering for years from drug and mental health issues.

The leadership is asking the federal and provincial governments to help.

The Canadian Press first published this article on Oct. 24, 2019.

The Canadian Press


  1. Lack of personnel???? Does this mean, they have the means to have good water? The utilities are not being run properly????

  2. Why ? Cannot someone help deliver bottled water to these area’s.We are in Canada . And drug’s I get it, but if better living conditions and water is a start ! Dam it. Somebody step up……

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