Manitoba flood evacuees await Red Cross help
Many of the more than 2,000 First Nations people still homeless since the 2011 Manitoba flood are wondering when help will come from the Red Cross.
Earlier this month, they were told the Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters (MANFF) would be stepping aside following revelations of questionable spending practices.
The Red Cross was to be brought in to help but the agency said it is still assessing the situation, according to Shawn Feeley, Manitoba director of the Canadian Red Cross.
"One of the first steps is to reach out to the community and talk with them and reach out to the leadership of the communities," he said.
MANFF had received more than $80 million in federal funding to take care of the needs of the evacuees. But amid accusations of questionable spending, including not paying some of its bills to hotels, filing questionable overtime charges, and spending more than $1 million at a Winnipeg restaurant for late-night snacks, the association was removed from the file.