The devastating impacts of opioid drug overdoses have put our brothers and sisters to the south in a crisis situation, just yesterday announcing continuation of their local state of emergency against the opioid crisis. Having declared this disaster state on April 17, Siksika Nation extends our ongoing support and prayers, and we stand in unity with the Blood Tribe at this time.
Our own community of Siksika Nation is not unaffected by this crisis situation; the same tainted drug supply in circulation on Kainai Nation may also be present within Siksika, and I urge Siksikawa to exercise extreme caution:
As Chief of Siksika Nation, I see the devastating effects that these kinds of drugs can have on our community members – community members who may be our children, friends, parents, grandparents. Siksikawa, as we stand united with Kainai Nation at this time, let us also be vigilant and responsible to care for our strong Nation. Our health teams are monitoring the situation closely; further updates will be provided as information becomes available.