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A spate of preventable deaths from suicide, drugs, violence, and inadequate health care has prompted a regional First Nation body in Canada to declare a state of emergency. The Keewatin Tribal Council is calling for immediate government action to correct what 11 First Nations are calling a dire situation. Today on Native America Calling, we find out how the First Nations are coping with Keewatin Tribal Council Grand Chief Walter Wastesicoot (from York Factory First Nation) and George Neepin (Fox Lake Cree Nation), chief executive officer of the Keewatin Tribal Council.
Break 1 music: Intertribal (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Pakosiyimitan (album)
Break 2 music: Pimatisiwin (Life) (song) Young Spirit (artist) Save Me A Lead (album)