Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Manitoba chiefs furious after Ottawa sends body bags to flu-stricken reserves

Aboriginal leaders in Manitoba are horrified that some of the reserves hardest hit by swine flu in the spring have received dozens of body bags from Health Canada.The body bags - which were sent to remote northern reserves - came in a shipment of hand sanitizers and face masks.Grand Chief David Harper,who represents northern First Nations,says body bags send the wrong message and no one can understand why Ottawa would do such a thing.Harper says it's like sending body bags to soldiers in Afghanistan.He says First Nations are already feeling uneasy about a second wave of swine flu expected this fall without receiving body bags.Federal officials could not immediately be reached for comment....
The Canadian Press

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