Tension easing in Mayo, Yukon as opioid emergency declaration nears expiry


Tension in Mayo, Yukon is starting to ease months after the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun sounded an alarm about escalating violence and drugs in the community. 

The First Nation’s chief and council passed a resolution in mid-March declaring a state of emergency related to opioids just days after a double homicide. Now, with that declaration set to end on June 14, people in Mayo say they’re coming together and holding celebrations again. 

Bobbie Lee Melancon recently attended the community’s 30th anniversary celebration of its self government agreement. 

“It was just nice to see everybody gathering. You know, smiles on their faces,” she said. 

“Just a lot of positive vibes so that’s

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