September 29th, 2020
STATEMENT: Ashton Calls on all Governments to Support York Factory
Today I called on the federal government to act urgently to support York Factory First Nation, a community that has seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more people showing symptoms.
The community needs tests, personal protective equipment and mental health supports.
I am also calling on the provincial government to step up and immediately reinstate the essential ferry service. The community urgently requires propane, food and other goods. I would urge the provincial government to work with the First Nation to ensure that this service is provided in the safest possible manner.
We know that COVID-19 can have a disproportionate impact on First Nations. The second wave is here. York Factory needs help now and all governments need to be working with First Nations to ensure that they are receiving the support they need.