Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand issued a statement today expressing his relief that the immediate flood crisis is for the most part under control. He went on to say however that the long term effects of the unprecedented water levels on the Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba will be felt for months.
“Our heartfelt thoughts go out to all the families in the path of the floodwaters that have been displaced from their homes or have had to take extreme measures to protect their personal belongings” said Chartrand.” The water that normally nourishes the Metis Homeland has become a destructive force.”
Since the beginning of the crisis, the MMF has been assisting where needed, particularly in the areas of St. Ambroise and St. Laurent.
“It’s in the midst of disaster when we see the human spirit rally to help those struggling to protect their homes and farms. I want to thank all of the volunteers who put in many hours on the frontlines, sandbagging, making lunches or providing support. Between 30-50 volunteers from our Home Office and in the regions continue their efforts in St. Laurent today and will assist whenever and wherever needed in the weeks ahead.”
“We have to keep in mind that besides the immediate and obvious impact, this will negatively affect the livelihood of so many, particularly those that rely on fishing, agriculture and harvesting as a means of supporting their families.” said Chartrand.
The MMF has been in touch with the provincial Minister’s office and Manitoba Health over the past few weeks and we will continue to press for support so that Metis families are not forgotten during this crisis and afterwards when the waters finally recede.
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