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Canadian Rangers Assist in North Spirit Lake FN and Bearskin Lake FN Crisis Situations – Net Newsledger

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201926 Views

December 10, 2019

Canadian Rangers have helped evacuate a remote First Nation in Northern Ontario and delivered an emergency program for at-risk youth in a second isolated community facing a drug addiction crisis.

North Spirit Lake First Nation, a small Oji-Cree community 520 kilometers north of Thunder Bay, declared an emergency and asked for federal and provincial help when a drug addiction epidemic and the breakdown of its water system became more than the community could cope with.

Both levels of government responded and the Canadian Army approved a request for the use of Canadian Rangers to help the community’s youth.

“They were no longer able to run the youth programs without jeopardizing some other aspects within the community that were in crisis,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Shane McArthur. “We could fill that niche for them by running programs for the children, by delivering a program close to the Junior Canadian Ranger program we run in the North. We are one of the best institutions in the North in running a successful program for youth.”

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