The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) is calling for inclusion in federal government discussions during COVID-19 pandemic planning meetings.

Chief Bobby Cameron said First Nations leaders are not being consulted.

“There can be no discussions that impact First Nations’ lives without First Nations voices—nothing about us, without us,” Cameron said in the statement.

Cameron said FSIN acknowledges the importance of the planning meetings, but First Nations leaders need to be a part of them.

“Our leadership concerns must be addressed by all levels of Government for us to work together,” Cameron said.

Cameron said the far north of Saskatchewan is being affected most by the virus.

“The far north and north which are predominantly First Nation are the hardest-hit areas,” Cameron said in the statement.  “It is reckless of the government to leave them from meetings about the pandemic.”