Sol Mamakwa MPP, Kiiwetinoong

Government of Ontario

Mamakwa calls on Ford to help First Nations during COVID-19 second wave

Published on September 30, 2020

QUEEN’S PARK – Doug Ford needs to help First Nations deal with the second wave of the pandemic after he failed to provide them with the extra support they needed since the start of the crisis, said NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) during question period Wednesday.

“Communities across Kiiwetinoong have been in crisis before COVID-19, and the pandemic has only deepened these crises,” said Mamakwa. “Yet this government has not done anything to help the pre-existing conditions in Kiiwetinoong communities.

“In Neskantaga there is 26 years of boil water advisories. That is 9,373 days without clean drinking water. In Wapekeka, there have been approximately 25 suicides in the past 30 years. And in another community in Kiiwetinoong, 85 per cent of the houses do not have access to running water.”

Mamakwa called on Doug Ford for resources to help the communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and called on him again to help First Nations communities during the second wave of the crisis.

“As Ontario enters a second, more serious wave of COVID-19, what is this government doing to support these communities against this second wave?”