First Nations Ask for Meds to Treat H1N1, Gov’t Sends Body Bags

From Manitoba, Canada:

“We had asked for funding so we can get organized and to ensure medicines, hand sanitizers and other preventative kits were in place but, instead, we are shocked to receive the body bags,” Chief Jerry Knott of Wasagamack First Nation said. “Is the shipment of the body bags part of Canada’s preparedness plan for all Canadians? Is the body bags a statement from Canada…?”Grand Chief David Harper

“It really makes me wonder if health officials know something we don’t,” said Grand Chief David Harper.

“Don’t send us body bags. Help us organize; send us medicine.”

Chief David McDougall of St. Theresa Point First Nation said, “We can acknowledge we also received body bags in our community. To me, this is an ominous sign that the government is predicting a grim outcome.”

Canada’s Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who is herself an indigenous Canadian, has ordered an inquiry into the little snafu.

Body BagHere is the St. Theresa Point First Nation press release on this topic.

I would like to echo Chief Knott’s question: Is the shipment of the body bags part of Canada’s preparedness plan for all Canadians? Or just the First Nations people? And, of course, why would that be?

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