By Jeremy Appel Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Following a motion at its annual general meeting, the Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 Nations declared the drug poisoning crisis an official state emergency on July 10, calling for assistance from all levels of government. Treaty Six includes nations located in north-central Alberta and Saskatchewan. “Families, friends, and loved ones are being lost to this devastating crisis,” said Treaty Six Grand Chief Leonard Standingontheroad. “If harm reduction isn’t available, our People will die. The Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 Nations is asking the federal government to intervene and offer more effective, flexible and long-lasting support.” Harm reduction refers to policies that acknowledge people are going to use drugs and seek to provide them with a way to use them as safely as possible.
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